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Homo Sapiens (Modern Humans) evolved

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Started: 10/2/2013 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Scientists have discovered a wealth of evidence concerning human evolution, and this evidence comes in many forms. Thousands of human fossils enable researchers and students to study the changes that occurred in brain and body size, locomotion, diet, and other aspects regarding the way of life of early human species over the past 6 million years. Millions of stone tools, figurines and paintings, footprints, and other traces of human behaviour in the prehistoric record tell about where and how early humans lived and when certain technological innovations were invented. Study of human genetics show how closely related we are to other primates " in fact, how connected we are with all other organisms " and can indicate the prehistoric migrations of our species, Homo sapiens, all over the world. Advances in the dating of fossils and artifacts help determine the age of those remains, which contributes to the big picture of when different milestones in becoming human evolved.
From skeletons to teeth, early human fossils have been found of more than 6,000 individuals. With the rapid pace of new discoveries every year, this impressive sample means that even though some early human species are only represented by one or a few fossils, others are represented by thousands of fossils. From them, we can understand things like:
"how well adapted an early human species was for walking upright
"how well adapted an early human species was for living in hot, tropical habitats or cold, temperate environments
"the difference between male and female body size, which correlates to aspects of social behavior
"how quickly or slowly children of early human species grew up.

While people used to think that there was a single line of human species, with one evolving after the other in an inevitable march towards modern humans, we now know this is not the case. Like most other mammals, we are part of a large and diverse family tree. Fossil discoveries show that the human family tree has many more branches and deeper roots than we knew about even a couple of decades ago. In fact, the number of branches our evolutionary tree, and also the length of time, has nearly doubled since the famed "Lucy" fossil skeleton was discovered in 1974!
Due to billions of years of evolution, humans share genes with all living organisms. The percentage of genes or DNA that organisms share records their similarities. We share more genes with organisms that are more closely related to us.

Humans belong to the biological group known as Primates, and are classified with the great apes, one of the major groups of the primate evolutionary tree. Besides similarities in anatomy and behavior, our close biological kinship with other primate species is indicated by DNA evidence. It confirms that our closest living biological relatives are chimpanzees and bonobos, with whom we share many traits. But we did not evolve directly from any primates living today. DNA also shows that our species and chimpanzees diverged from a common ancestor species that lived between 8 and 6 million years ago. The last common ancestor of monkeys and apes lived about 25 million years ago.

Dating is worked out by methods such as
"Potassium-argon dating, Argon-argon dating, Carbon-14 (or Radiocarbon), and Uranium series. All of these methods measure the amount of radioactive decay of chemical elements; the decay occurs in a consistent manner, like a clock, over long periods of time.
"Thermo-luminescence, Optically stimulated luminescence, and Electron spin resonance. All of these methods measure the amount of electrons that get absorbed and trapped inside a rock or tooth over time.
"Paleomagnetism. This method compares the direction of the magnetic particles in layers of sediment to the known worldwide shifts in Earth"s magnetic field, which have well-established dates using other dating methods.
"Biochronology. Since animal species change over time, the fauna can be arranged from younger to older. At some sites, animal fossils can be dated precisely by one of these other methods. For sites that cannot be readily dated, the animal species found there can be compared to well-dated species from other sites. In this way, sites that do not have radioactive or other materials for dating can be given a reliable age estimate.
"Molecular clock. This method compares the amount of genetic difference between living organisms and computes an age based on well-tested rates of genetic mutation over time. Since genetic material (like DNA) decays rapidly, the molecular clock method can"t date very old fossils. It"s mainly useful for figuring out how long ago living species or populations shared a common ancestor, based on their DNA.

Most of you are probably questioning "If we evolved back than why aren't we evolving now as modern humans?"
If there's one thing that's certain, it's that humans, like other living things, will continue to evolve. But that doesn't mean that humans are marching on a path toward becoming giant-brained, telepathic creatures out of Star Trek. All it means is that the human genome will continue to change from generation to generation.

A background mutation rate guarantees this process. Each baby's DNA carries about 130 new mutations. Most of them have no effect on our well-being.
this isn't quite evolution yet. Evolution is the change in allele frequency in a population over time, not changes between a single parent and a single offspring. Evolution wouldn't technically occur unless and until some of these variations spread through the population, changing from an isolated mutation or difference to a widespread trait. What we have here is the foundation for evolution -- a potential for evolution, if the environmental circumstances allow.

The idea of humans continuing to evolve is obviously unacceptable for conservative Christians who have adopted a creationist ideology, but it also creates some problems for more liberal believers who accept science. Even if they have reconciled themselves with the ideas that humans evolved alongside and just like all other life on this planet -- and not all do -- they tend to assume that this evolution occurred to bring us to the point where we are now.

Evolution is treated as a process which had a goal, at least where homo sapiens is concerned, and that goal must be us. If that's the case, though, then it's hard to accept that we would change. The goal's been reached, we're here, and that's the end for human evolution -- right? If we continue to evolve, though, then either there is no goal or we aren't that goal.

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My opponent , be a little more simpler for the sake of some people. I'll say the average human says "this thing of weird freak me out"
Though I do understand what you're trying to say,modern humans are most certainly evolving even though most of them have kids anyway excluding natural selection. As a person posted ,-

'Sigh... copy paste... including plagiarism of at least one source. Also, the resolution is vague. Very easy to get an auto win with semantics.'

Humans are evolving whether you like it or not. We will always evolve. If you look, now the average Indian lives longer, sicker and more resistant to heat (in terms of food). I don't want long arguments so..

Humans are still evolving, albeit slower than ever.
Debate Round No. 1


Im sorry for being the worst opponet its my first debate i will try harder next time


Well, apparently you have no defense for you opinion. I will now urge the voters to vote con. I think that I have proved my point. Au revoir, opponent. I shall look forward to having more debates with you.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by Roschach 3 years ago
You clearly said-'The goal's been reached, we're here, and that's the end for human evolution -- right? If we continue to evolve, though, then either there is no goal or we aren't that goal.'
Posted by Sommerville 3 years ago
wait what you agreed with me in the argument so why should you be voted
Posted by Sommerville 3 years ago
wait what you agreed with me in the argument so why should you be voted
Posted by Sommerville 3 years ago
Its not plagiarism, cause I did not say it was my own work I even stated where I got it from.
Posted by Sommerville 3 years ago
This debate is an open source argument, so my opponent can get all the information they want from any source
Posted by Dragonfang 3 years ago
Sigh... copy paste... including plagiarism of at least one source.

Also, the resolution is vague. Very easy to get an auto win with semantics.
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