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The Evidence for Human Evolution

Copyright © 1996-2016 by Jim Foley
[Last Update: Feb 29, 2016]

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This web site provides an overview of the study of human evolution, and of the currently accepted fossil evidence. It also contains a very comprehensive treatment of creationist claims about human evolution. If you are not interested in creationism, you can easily skip those pages. If you are interested in creationism, you can go directly to the pages on creationist arguments; they contain links to the fossils under discussion when necessary.

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May 31, 2011: Last year the first draft genome for Neandertal nuclear DNA was published. Genetic sequences for mtDNA and nuclear DNA from a finger bone from Denisova in Siberia were also published, showing that the bone had very ancient mtDNA, but belonged to a sister group of the Neandertals. Fascinatingly, it seems that Neandertals made about a 2.5% genetic contribution to all modern non-African humans, and the Denisovan genes made about a 5% contribution to modern Melanesians. Some posts discussing these finds at the Panda's Thumb:
Neanderthal/human interbreeding - the old-earth response
A Full Genome from Denisova, Siberia
Denisovans and the species problem

May 6, 2010: Last month the discovery of Australopithecus sediba was announced. I'll be updating the site soon to cover that. In the meantime, check out these articles from the Panda's Thumb:
Australopithecus sediba and the creationist response
Creationist vs. creationist on Homo habilis

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Featured Books

Book cover Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins
An excellent introduction by science writer Carl Zimmer

This site is updated regularly. Contact the author with corrections, criticisms, suggestions for further topics, or feedback.

Thanks to those who have reviewed or made comments on these pages, including Randy Skelton, Marc Anderson, Mike Fisk, Tom Scharle, Ralph Holloway, Jim Oliver, Todd Koetje, Debra McKay, Jenny Hutchison, Glen Kuban, Colin Groves, and Alex Duncan. Any errors which remain are, of course, mine.
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