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Hi y'all,

Pondering the questions posed here by Scimitar and others concerning diffusion/hyperdiffusion I have, have had for some time, increasing concerns with the "out of Africa" scenario.

To imagine that one species- any species- can only evolve from one particular mutation, in one particular location, at one particular time........,is I think not only improbable..., but totally out of step with all the laws of the LIFE impulse; wherever LIFE has set foot on this incomparable planet it has done so with magnificent PROFUSION:

There is not just one spermatzoa that can fertilise the ovum of mammalian and other species in a single copulatory act- there are millions; there is not just one variety of any life form- bacterial, floral, amoebic, arboreous, marine, mammalian..., there are/have been, hundreds of thousands.

It would seem that wherever the footprint of LIFE has been able to establish a beach-head on this incomparable planet it has not left anything to chance....; it has in every diverse case loaded its magazines with enough firepower to overwhelm natural resistence to innovation.

So why...., when it arrives at this "pinnacle of creation"- you and I- written with a wry but not completely despondently sad smile, would nature elect to take a precarious punt on one solitary primate mutation in a rather inhospitable clime such as east Africa???
Why would it not ,if the evolutionary process can be accepted as viable- something that is as yet, far from a demonstrably proven 'fact of life'- not seek to mutate wherever appropriate earlier primate species have taken up residence; Sth America, Southern Asia??[ which introduces another uneasy spectre- how did those non-acquatic apes manage to negotiate those formidable oceans that separated them from their old folks home in Africa ]??

I leave you with one last thought:
Out of that 130,000yr timeframe in which all humanity is considered to have scampered off across the planet to take up residence in every nook and inhabitable cranny- according to those sepuchral powers that preside over these decisions while quaffing their late-night eggnocks- how is it that for instance the australian aboriginal, having arrived at his allotted territorial quota some 60,000yrs ago.., didn't take off like his antecedents and surf-ski across the Pacific to those fabled Americas[ or even Ancient Egypt which was going to be very big in the charts in due course ]?

Despite my occasional levity this is a serious post; I look forward to your response,

With respect,


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diffusion/hyper 464 scimitar 23-Mar-04 15:54
Re: diffusion/hyper 356 Dave Light 23-Mar-04 21:09
Re: diffusion/hyper 362 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:02
Re: diffusion/hyper 332 fiascohoho 23-Mar-04 23:12
Re: diffusion/hyper 416 SunSword 24-Mar-04 14:14
Re: diffusion/hyper 233 fiascohoho 24-Mar-04 17:48
Re: diffusion/hyper 384 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:05
Re: diffusion/hyper 335 barrystutner 24-Mar-04 15:50
Re: diffusion/hyper 332 Joanne 24-Mar-04 16:49
Then and now 299 Thirdwave 26-Mar-04 12:21
Re: Then and now 295 Joanne 26-Mar-04 15:01
Re: Then and now 320 fiascohoho 26-Mar-04 19:23
Re: Then and now 308 Thirdwave 28-Mar-04 03:40
Re: Then and now 356 Thirdwave 27-Mar-04 02:45
Re: Then and now 398 Joanne 27-Mar-04 03:30
Re: Then and now 321 Thirdwave 27-Mar-04 04:05
Re: Then and now 373 scimitar 05-Apr-04 07:01
Re: Then and now 332 Alex S 29-Mar-04 17:10
Re: Then and now 322 Joanne 29-Mar-04 18:16
Re: Then and now 382 Alex S 30-Mar-04 03:20
Re: Then and now 312 Joanne 30-Mar-04 16:29
Re: Then and now 379 fiascohoho 30-Mar-04 21:06
Re: Then and now 355 Alex S 31-Mar-04 01:37
Re: Then and now 411 Joanne 31-Mar-04 19:20
Re: Then and now 312 David Billington 31-Mar-04 22:33
Re: Then and now 345 Joanne 01-Apr-04 03:33
Re: Then and now 342 Alex S 01-Apr-04 04:45
Re: Then and now 314 Joanne 01-Apr-04 17:20
Re: Then and now 343 Alex S 02-Apr-04 04:20
Re: Then and now 256 David Billington 01-Apr-04 22:04
Re: Then and now 339 scimitar 05-Apr-04 07:47
Re: Then and now 417 Alex S 01-Apr-04 01:41
Re: Then and now 328 scimitar 05-Apr-04 06:36
Re: Then and now 292 Jerome 05-Apr-04 09:41
Re: Then and now 262 David Billington 06-Apr-04 21:00
Re: Then and now 383 Jerome 07-Apr-04 00:09
Re: Then and now 364 David Billington 07-Apr-04 08:35
Re: Then and now 315 Jerome 07-Apr-04 22:21
Re: Then and now 310 David Billington 08-Apr-04 09:19
Re: Then and now 286 Jerome 08-Apr-04 17:28
Re: Then and now 303 David Billington 29-Mar-04 21:11
Re: Then and now 408 Joanne 29-Mar-04 22:46
Re: Then and now 334 David Billington 30-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Then and now 335 Joanne 30-Mar-04 15:55
Re: Then and now 269 barrystutner 30-Mar-04 18:25
Co-evolution/mutation of cows and humans 335 ananda 30-Mar-04 18:32
Re: Then and now 338 Joanne 30-Mar-04 19:51
Re: diffusion/hyper 323 Jerome 28-Mar-04 22:30
Re: diffusion/hyper 400 Pete Clarke 29-Mar-04 13:18
Re: diffusion/hyper 367 fiascohoho 29-Mar-04 23:36
Re: diffusion/hyper 352 javier 30-Mar-04 11:12
links correction 299 javier 30-Mar-04 11:17
Re: links correction 347 fiascohoho 30-Mar-04 11:59
Re: links correction 327 javier 30-Mar-04 14:13
Re: Out of Africa....? 299 fiascohoho 26-Mar-04 04:54
Re: Out of Africa....? 328 fiascohoho 31-Mar-04 05:13
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 329 fiascohoho 27-Mar-04 06:33
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 622 Nolondil 27-Mar-04 20:03
Re: hyper-diaper-diffusion..., 316 fiascohoho 28-Mar-04 00:10
Re: diffusion/hyper 340 Alex S 29-Mar-04 17:01
Re: diffusion/hyper 319 Alex S 31-Mar-04 14:07

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