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Origins News Round-up for December 6, 2013

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December 6, 2013 Tags: Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Genetics, History of Life, Human Origins
Origins News Round-up for December 6, 2013

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

The theme for this round-up is human beings: where did we come from?

The annual Evangelical Theological Society conference was held in Baltimore in November. One of the opening sessions featured a panel of authors (including Denis Lamoureux, John Walton, and C. John Collins) from the new book, Four Views on the Historical Adam. A journalist from The Economist was there and covered the event,   writing about it for the November 23rd-29th edition. On the same topic, here is a short video from an interview of N.T. Wright on reading the story of creation.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has produced a series of half hour videos on the scientific search for the origin of modern humans called “Bones, Stones, and Genes.” For the absolute latest on this front, read through the blog and watch the videos of National Geographic’s amazing Rising Star Expedition—a major new find of hominid fossils deep in a cave in South Africa. Here is BBC’s overview of the event. Also, a philosopher reflects on the important role of the family in human evolution in an essay for Aeon Magazine, and scientists learn about human evolution from the lice that came along for the ride.

Finally, Pope Francis wrote a couple of paragraphs (§242-243) about faith, reason, and science in his Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium.”

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PNG - #83863

December 6th 2013

Another parasite in which the variants are revealing for human pre-history is the herpes simplex virus type 1.

Herpes Virus Genetic Study Supports Out-of-Africa Theory of Human Migration


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December 6th 2013

A bit of very recent news is the sequencing of a mitochondrial genome from what was thought to be a Neandertal specimen from Spain, but actually turns out to be closer to Denisovan in sequence.

A mitochondrial genome sequence from a hominin from Sima de los Huesos

Joel Duff has a great post on ancient DNA in general and its unacknowledged implications for YECs.

Young Earth Creationism and Ancient DNA


beaglelady - #83870

December 6th 2013

If known samples that are thousands of years old can yield fairly good ancient DNA samples why then are bones from a cave that YECs believe must believe are 4000 years old or less yielding DNA that is horribly degraded and nearly impossible to sequence?  

Maybe the Fall degraded DNA, but did so selectively. LOL! 

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