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Friday, November 8, 2013

Did man form from earth? New research suggests early life began in wet clay. -

A few of the world's religions have a simple answer to mankind's origin: clay. Now science might actually back this up. 

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The problem with the "origin of life" question is that there's simply no evidence available on which to base a theory, since even the oldest surviving life forms are clearly the product of many millions of years of evolution into sophisticated organisms. Consider: everything we know about human evolution comes from the fossil record and backwards extrapolation from the entire range of living species. Without those bodies of evidence, any theory regarding how we evolved from blue-green algae to humans would be pure speculation, and almost guaranteed to be laughably wrong. How would we even guess that we had fishlike, or reptilian, or lower mammalian ancestors, let alone what they looked like? And similarly, how can we possibly even guess anything about the millions of tiny evolutionary steps that got us from inert matter to fully functioning cells, based only on the final result?

Posted by: Dan Simon | Nov 8, 2013 11:59:11 AM