Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Wired News: Getting Evolution Up to Speed

Wired News: Getting Evolution Up to Speed: "New evidence suggests humans are evolving more rapidly -- and more recently -- than most people thought possible. But for some radical evolutionists, Homo sapiens isn't morphing quickly enough.

'People like to think of modern human biology, and especially mental biology, as being the result of selections that took place 100,000 years ago,' said University of Chicago geneticist Bruce Lahn. 'But our research shows that humans are still under selection, not just for things like disease resistance but for cognitive abilities.'

Lahn recently published the results of a study demonstrating that two key genes connected to brain size are currently under rapid selection in populations throughout the globe."

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