Tomkins on the Human Vitellogenin Pseudogene: Who Needs Signal When You Have Noise?

Tomkins on the Human Vitellogenin Pseudogene: Who Needs Signal When You Have Noise?

I've blogged previously on the subject of pseudogenes and how they can constitute evidence for common ancestry. In short, they can represent the remnants of genes that once served a specific purpose in our distant ancestors, but were lost in a particular lineage for one reason or another. Imagine if there were a "gill gene" … Continue reading Tomkins on the Human Vitellogenin Pseudogene: Who Needs Signal When You Have Noise?

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe

Part 1: Introduction and the Introduction Part 2: Darwin Didn't Know About Chromosomes! Part 3: Darwin 1, Old-Timey Creationists 0 Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter Part 6: Jeanson's Fulcrum Fails Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe Part 8: TBA Part 9: TBA Part 10: TBA Here we … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe

Human Genetics Confirms Mutations as the Drivers of Diversity and Evolution

Human Genetics Confirms Mutations as the Drivers of Diversity and Evolution

The purpose of this post is to outline 3 lines of evidence from the field of human genetics that clearly demonstrate that the slow accumulation of mutations over generations is responsible for the genetic diversity of modern human populations, and that the same process is responsible for the genetic differences we have compared with chimpanzees, … Continue reading Human Genetics Confirms Mutations as the Drivers of Diversity and Evolution

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 6: Jeanson’s Fulcrum Fails

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 6: Jeanson’s Fulcrum Fails

Part 1: Introduction and the Introduction Part 2: Darwin Didn't Know About Chromosomes! Part 3: Darwin 1, Old-Timey Creationists 0 Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter Part 6: Jeanson's Fulcrum Fails Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe Part 8: TBA Part 9: TBA Part 10: TBA To those … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 6: Jeanson’s Fulcrum Fails

Pseudogenes Testify to the Evolutionary History of Animals

Pseudogenes Testify to the Evolutionary History of Animals

I’ve written about pseudogenes before on this blog, but I focused on their application to dating species divergence times and their implications for common ancestry amongst those species. This time I’m going to focus on their ability to inform us about the phenotypes of an animal's evolutionary ancestors. The principle is simple, and I’ll illustrate … Continue reading Pseudogenes Testify to the Evolutionary History of Animals

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter

Part 1: Introduction and the Introduction Part 2: Darwin Didn't Know About Chromosomes! Part 3: Darwin 1, Old-Timey Creationists 0 Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter Part 6: Jeanson's Fulcrum Fails Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe Part 8: TBA Part 9: TBA Part 10: TBA Now for … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us

Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us

Part 1: Introduction and the Introduction Part 2: Darwin Didn't Know About Chromosomes! Part 3: Darwin 1, Old-Timey Creationists 0 Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us Part 5: An Admittedly Weak Chapter Part 6: Jeanson's Fulcrum Fails Part 7: A Nuclear Catastrophe Part 8: TBA Part 9: TBA Part 10: TBA In this … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 4: All Your Evidence Are Belong To Us