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“Bottleneck”

16 Dec

So, I was reading an article that my brother showed me, and what it said struck me as quite amazing.  Here is an excerpt.

Genetically speaking, there’s not much diversity at all within our species. In fact, chimpanzees, which look pretty much the same from one individual to the next, are much more genetically diverse than we are. To scientists, that suggests that humans have come through a genetic bottleneck–a point where our numbers shrunk dramatically, and a relatively small population had to rebuild the species.

So, humans went through a bottleneck, yes?  Let’s see…how about the flood?  That famous point in time when every person on earth was destroyed but one small group (Noah’s family) who was left to reproduce amongst themselves.  We had Shem, Ham, Japheth, and their wives, and that was it. 

Shem, Ham, and Japheth had similar genetic makeup, seeing as they were brothers.  Therefore, their offspring had similar makeup, and so on, leaving no possibility for diversity within the human race.

Every person on earth is descended from one of those three men, and that explains why (despite our strikingly unique appearances) we are, on a genetic level, very much the same.

I don’t agree with the article in its entirety, but I certainly do agree with the excerpt that I quoted above.

I find it interesting how the person who wrote the article was completely oblivious to the fact that he was openly agreeing with Biblical truth.

To read the article, go to http://www.boingboing.net/2009/12/16/how-shellfish-saved.html.  Like I said before, I don’t agree with much of what the article says, and I don’t necessarily accept it as fact, but I did find it worth reading.

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Posted by on December 16, 2009 in Ramblings About Nothing

 

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One response to ““Bottleneck”

  1. Chappie

    December 16, 2009 at 20:02

    Niccee. The flood was pretty epic. Noah was the man! 😛

     

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