The Bible Is a Parable: A Middle Ground Between Science and Religion
This, it was averred, is the very first indication, the appearance of clothing adapted
body lice, of when Man lost his own body hair. And the science of climatology seems to
offer confirmation with a concurrent change toward much more rapidly colder conditions.
This newest of Man‘s tools along with a new application in the form of the science of
paleoneurology (the measurement of impressions that brains leave on the inside of skulls)
-is documenting when structures that power the human mind arose, shedding light on
how our ancestors lived and thought, | she continued.
-DNA analysis can now be used to much more closely estimate when humans (as
with the louse) had split off from the common ancestor of Man and our Simian cousins. |
The most recent guestimate of 5 to6 million years ago is the new and improved
number, as I had already gleaned from a larger context.
-Last summer scientists discovered a gene called HAR1 (for human accelerated
region), | she added.
A simpler version is found in animals as varied as chickens and chimps, but the
version residing in humans is found to have accelerated at about the same 5 million- year
In the 310 million years since the chicken‘s saurian ancestor gave birth, and then way
to the mammalian ancestor that led, inexorably it would seem, to the chimp‘s, only two
chemical letters had changed. (Again I tried for brevity by summarizing from a much
-But 18 letters changed in the (relative) blink of an eye since the human lineage had
split from chimps, | Katherine Pollard of the University of California, Davis and
colleagues reported, according to Begley‘s article.
This word acceleration began to subtly draw my attentio n to other markers offered in
the remainder of the article.
There was PDYN, a -gene that began accumulating changes 7 million years ago, soon
after our first ancestor appeared. This gene regulated production of prodynorphin, which
is like the brain‘s soup stock.
-Depending on what other ingredients are added, it can change into neuro-chemicals
that underlie perception, behavior or memory…says Rob Desalle, co-curator of the
American Museum‘s new hall. |
Again Begley led me into another report.
-Scientists led by neurogeneticist Daniel Geschwind of UCLA are examining which
combinations of genes are active in the cortex, the seat of higher thinking, of chimps and
-Among the genes turned to =high‘ in people…are those that influence how fast that
electrical signals jump from neuron to neuron and therefore how fast the brain can
process information…This pattern of gene activity, it appears, began emerging when the
Australopithicus species did. |
From there I was led into the following synopsis, because o f Robert Sussman and his
article, part of which is quoted below. Because of hominid‘s small size and the -tooth and
talon | marked fossils, this indicated that Man‘s Precursor had been more preyed upon
than predator for the majority of his existence and tha t his increasingly enhanced rapid-
thinking and social skills had come well before Man‘s appearance.
-That, more than aggression and warfare, is our evolutionary legacy, | offered Robert
Sussman of Washington University, coauthor of the 2005 book Man the Hunted.