Progress of human evolution

Synopsis of current evolutionary theory: The progress of human evolution.  Fact or fiction?

In a small enclave on the eastern coast of the  Mediterranean Sea, a small group of maverick Homo sapiens refuses to engage in a program of self-destruction, and continues to thrive, prosper, and flourish.

By Israel Zwick, November 16, 2015

Most scientists are still puzzled about how life originated on Earth, and then evolved into the complexity and diversity of life that we see today.  They have no idea of how the first self-replicating molecules appeared on Earth so the theory of “panspermia” is becoming more acceptable.  That is, Earth was probably “seeded” by nucleic acids from some other celestial body.  Many reputable scientists believe that microbes from Mars, Europa, or some other celestial body traveled through space on some cosmic debris, survived the lengthy trip in space, survived cosmic radiation, survived the impact on Earth, then flourished and thrived in the Earth’s environment about 4 billion years ago. (It should be noted that medical waste is sterilized in an autoclave at 121 degrees Celsius, 100 kPa, for 15 minutes.)  Microbial life kept evolving for a few billion years.  Then  about 500 million years ago, the Earth’s oceans had many different fish and aquatic organisms (Cambrian Explosion), which evolved from the early microbes.

The fish kept evolving from aquatic life to terrestrial life so that reptiles started roaming the Earth about 300 million years ago (mya).  About 200 mya, the Earth began to be dominated by large reptiles collectively known as dinosaurs.  About the same time, small mammals began to appear.  How the mammals evolved with internal development, we don’t really know because it involves soft tissue which doesn’t fossilize. About the same time, some of the little dinosaurs, called theropods,  started evolving into birds that fly, migrate, and build complex nests.

When the dinosaurs died out about 65 mya, the little mammals started evolving more rapidly. About 50 mya  there were already lots of different mammals including some primitive monkeys. About 4 mya some bipedal hominids appeared.  It took these hominids about 2 million years to figure out how to make tools and fire, then they really took off. In another million years, the early hominids evolved into the genus Homo. In the last 50,000 years, the species Homo sapiens, with its superior intelligence, began to dominate the Earth.

About 100 years ago, this species learned how to develop destructive weapons and industrial chemicals that rapidly altered the hospitable environment that allowed them to evolve and flourish for so many years.  The species was so successful that it embarked on a program of self-destruction to prevent population overgrowth.  In many areas of the Earth, on several continents, Homo sapiens are skillfully destroying their own species to prevent population overgrowth and save the species from eventual extinction and further evolution.

Yet, in a small enclave on the eastern coast of the  Mediterranean Sea, a small group of maverick Homo sapiens refuses to engage in a program of self-destruction, and continues to thrive, prosper, and flourish.  They even provide a safe haven for other Homo sapiens who are trying to escape destruction by members of their species.  As such, they are being condemned, vilified, and demonized by Homo sapiens around the world for refusing to participate in a program of self destruction. This maverick group is even attempting to preserve a culture and heritage that is over 3,000 years old.  They insist on interfering with evolutionary progress.  Fortunately, there are wiser and more intelligent Homo sapiens on other continents that are trying to stop this maverick, obstinate group from interfering with evolutionary progress.

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