What About Us?

  • Bernard Marcus
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Evolutionary Biology book series (BRIEFSEVOLUTION)


I have a friend who, before he retired, was a science department chairman at the high school of an upper middle class suburb of Rochester, New York. He was also a deacon in his church, but he had a poster hanging in his office that said, “In the beginning God created evolution.” I never asked him his views on human evolution, although I assume that he accepted it because he attended number of lectures on the subject. There are, however, a number of people who willingly accept evolution but draw the line when it comes to our own descent. They believe that we are too unique to have come from some other form of life. The evidence suggests otherwise.


Fossil Record Modern Human Blood Type Genetic Bottleneck Bipedal Locomotion 


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  • Bernard Marcus
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  1. 1.Genesee Community CollegeUSA

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