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Inglorious beginnings: Experts trace humanity's origins to ancient worm
Calgary Herald ^ | 6 March 2012 | Staff

Posted on 03/05/2012 1:34:49 PM PST by saganite

It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity's origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm.

A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species.

Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine.

"We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it," said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal Ontario Museum.

(Excerpt) Read more at calgaryherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: evolution; slugs; worms

1 posted on 03/05/2012 1:34:56 PM PST by saganite
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To: saganite

Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine.

Rather like some republicans in congress...


2 posted on 03/05/2012 1:37:25 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: saganite

This explains a lot.


3 posted on 03/05/2012 1:37:52 PM PST by Blennos
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To: saganite

This may help explain liberals.....


4 posted on 03/05/2012 1:37:52 PM PST by Mechanicos (Why does the DOE have a SWAT Team?)
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To: saganite

Are we talking about liberals here?


5 posted on 03/05/2012 1:38:03 PM PST by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: saganite


What a disgusting animal!
6 posted on 03/05/2012 1:42:14 PM PST by TheThirdRuffian (I will never vote for Romney. Ever.)
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To: saganite

7 posted on 03/05/2012 1:42:17 PM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Mechanicos

Beat me to it.


8 posted on 03/05/2012 1:42:35 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: TheThirdRuffian

Helen “the humpback whale” Thomas strikes again.


9 posted on 03/05/2012 1:44:56 PM PST by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: saganite

Oh no! You mean my ex-wife was right about me?


10 posted on 03/05/2012 1:46:48 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SandRat

guess that rules out God.


11 posted on 03/05/2012 1:48:58 PM PST by brivette
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To: saganite

LOL


12 posted on 03/05/2012 1:49:21 PM PST by SoFloFreeper
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To: saganite

I was able to look very closely at the scientists who made these “discoveries/observations” and I cannot see the seeds of a brain in them.


13 posted on 03/05/2012 1:55:03 PM PST by elephantlips
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To: brivette
guess that rules out God.

Hardly. Speaking as a Jew, Genesis tells me who created us, and The Origin of Species tells me how.

14 posted on 03/05/2012 1:56:52 PM PST by Lurking Libertarian (Non sub homine, sed sub Deo et lege)
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To: Lurking Libertarian

you’re one of His people, right?


15 posted on 03/05/2012 1:59:28 PM PST by brivette
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