Human evolution has sped up over the past 10,000 years according to a paper published Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
And as a result the human race is becoming more divergent not more uniform according to the studies lead author, Professor Henry Harpending of Utah University.
- "We aren't the same as people even 1,000 or 2,000 years ago," he says, which may explain, for example, part of the difference between Viking invaders and their peaceful Swedish descendants. "The dogma has been these are cultural fluctuations, but almost any Temperament trait you look at is under strong genetic influence."
- "Human races are evolving away from each other," Harpending says. "Genes are evolving fast in Europe, Asia and Africa, but almost all of these are unique to their continent of origin. We are getting less alike, not merging into a single, mixed humanity." He says that is happening because humans dispersed from Africa to other regions 40,000 years ago, "and there has not been much flow of genes between the regions since then."
Indeed he may well be right.
I do believe a new sub-species has appeared within the human population within the past few years, Homo sapiens unicus.
This sub species of humanity is plumper and better fed than the average Homo sapiens. This is a result of parasitism on more gullible members of the species.
An example of their modus operandi is on display in Bali this week where over 10,000 of them have gathered.
To fully understand the implications of the Bali worryfest it is necessary to note that majority of the Homo sapiens unicus gathered there are from the Northern Hemisphere where it is currently winter and somewhat cold.
Bali however is in the southern hemisphere and tropical. So what better place to get away from the dreariness of winter and gather with your own kind to further scheme on how to usurp the resources of the more productive members of the species, who have already provided you with the resources needed to get there in the first place.
Very little is said about the hypocrisy surrounding this event but here is an article carried in an Indian newspaper a few days ago that wryly notes amongst other things that the emissions this conference will generate exceed those of small African nations.
When the bubble finally bursts on the climate change industry and ordinary members of the species are no longer willing to fund it you can count on Homo sapiens unicus identifying another worry to exploit in keeping themselves comfortable and well fed without actually doing anything of real value.
Perhaps Homo sapiens unicus should be thinking about the problems of increasing entropy, the universe as we know it is doomed. That is a problem that could keep them busy and well fed for the next 15,000,000,000 years or so.