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Evolution and Religious Creation MythsHow Scientists Respond$
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Paul F. Lurquin and Linda Stone

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195315387

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195315387.001.0001

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 The Origins and Evolution of Homo sapiens

 The Origins and Evolution of Homo sapiens

(p.85) 4 The Origins and Evolution of Homo sapiens
Evolution and Religious Creation Myths

Paul F. Lurquin

Linda Stone (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The notions of natural selection and drift also apply to humans and their biological and cultural evolution. The science of paleoanthropology explains human evolution through the study of intermediate fossil forms. In addition, geneticists have been able to retrace, through the study of mitochondrial DNA and Y-chromosome DNA, the origin and migrations of prehistoric humans. The understanding of human cultural evolution has greatly benefited from the application of evolutionary thinking.

Keywords:   drift in humans, human biological evolution, human cultural evolution, human fossils, human migrations, intermediate forms, mitochondrial DNA, natural selection, paleoanthropology, Y-chromosome DNA

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