HydrogenBond Posted October 8, 2010 Report Share Posted October 8, 2010 The fossils we do find, by being hit and miss, creates a data collection that appears to imply discontinuities within evolution. We don't have enough fossils to show continuous change, even if there had been continuous change. Based on the data we do have, which is spotty and lucky, we have to conclude discontinuity. It does not mean it was, it only means the data implies this. As an analogy, I will make a line of popcorn, from my house to the neighbor's house. In one week, a team of students come and collect the popcorn. Since the birds, animals and bugs have eaten much of the popcorn, it no longer looks like a nice continuous line. Now the line is discontinuous. Based on the hard data the students collect, they publish a report that says the popcorn was found in irregular sections. If we extrapolate from this data, a reasonable scenario is, I must have dropped the popcorn here and there, but the line I said was continuous, is not valid according to the data. The rules of data can lead to a wrong conclusion. Getting back to Neanderthals and other pre-humans, even if they stemmed from a single tribe that was split up, we don't have enough data to say this. Rather the limited spotty data will appear to treat each of these in the light of a discontinuous line. I would take that with a grain of salt. If you look at how people behave today, birds of a feather still flock together and those who are different can be excluded and even bullied. If such was also pre-human behavior, the bigger group could drive away the other group, so we get two tribes forming. The bigger flock tends to last longer, with the driven away flock needing to find a place of isolation for security. A simple genetic defect that gives a larger head makes the Neanderthal boy look different. This could be enough to bully his exclusion. Selective advantage, in this case of a disadvantage, can be achieved by leaving the place of danger and finding a place of safety farther north in the hills. Live another day. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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