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Old 09-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #1
Katherine Derbyshire
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Not cavemen anymore

Interesting (and WFS) article in the LA Times about the pace of human evolution:
http://www.latimes.com/news/science/...,5882337.story

Short version: the pace of genetic change has increased, not decreased, since the inception of agriculture. Recent changes account for about 7% of the human genome. Infectious diseases and changes in diet appear to be the source of this evolutionary pressure, but only a few of the functions of the changed genes have been identified.

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Old 09-16-2009, 01:58 PM   #2
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

According to this study, I'm still 93% caveman. That's enough that I'm still better off following a paleo diet.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

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According to this study, I'm still 93% caveman. That's enough that I'm still better off following a paleo diet.
Me too!!!
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:14 PM   #4
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

I'd like to see this related to milk consumption, since we already know that certain populations are much better adapted to consume it.
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Old 09-16-2009, 08:28 PM   #5
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According to this study, I'm still 93% caveman. That's enough that I'm still better off following a paleo diet.
I put cream and sugar in my coffee and today I had a brownie. That's about 7%.
The rest was paleo.

Good enough for me!
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:07 PM   #6
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I put cream and sugar in my coffee and today I had a brownie. That's about 7%.
The rest was paleo.

Good enough for me!
That's how I took it too! I guess that entitles me to add a few olives in my salad and a carne asada burrito here and there
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Old 09-17-2009, 12:14 AM   #7
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

mmm, carne asada burrito. that was part of my recovery protocol last night. I went through one of those, one with shredded beef, onions, tomatoes and peppers and a chicken in about 4 meals time.
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Old 09-17-2009, 01:25 AM   #8
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

It's rude to talk about carne asada burritos around a guy who only gets to go home to SoCal about twice a year.
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Old 09-17-2009, 03:50 PM   #9
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It's rude to talk about carne asada burritos around a guy who only gets to go home to SoCal about twice a year.
Randy... Give me your address and i'll vacuum seal and freeze one from Alberto's or Alejandro's or Albatro's whatever the hell the name of the place is and ship it your way.
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Old 09-17-2009, 07:11 PM   #10
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Re: Not cavemen anymore

according to the book "The Third Chimpanzee", by Jared Diamond humans share 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees, and the 2% difference accounts for all of the differences between our species. and our species diverged millions of years ago

so i am having a hard time figuring how that fits with this article that says we have 7% difference in 40,000 years.

any Crossfitting evolutionary biologists out there care to explain?

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