(Worthy News) - New scientific findings published last week might be compelling enough to change popular beliefs surrounding the evolution of species, Phys.org reported.
A genetic survey conducted by scientists Mark Stoeckle from The Rockefeller University in New York and David Thaler at the University of Basel in Switzerland examined five million gene snapshots called “DNA barcodes.” The barcodes, collected from 100,000 animal species, including humans, revealed what came as a shock to the researchers: nine out of 10 species on Earth today — humans included — came into being around 100,000 to 200,000 years ago.
Stoeckle, lead author of the study, explained in the journal Human Evolution that while the popular biological belief is that species with large, long-standing populations (e.g. ants, rats, humans) would become more genetically diverse over time, the reality is that genetic diversity has been “about the same” for hundreds of millennia. [ Source: FaithWire (Read More...) ]