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Have We Evolved Beyond Evolution?

It is widely believed that the homo sapiens first appeared roughly 100,000 years ago.

Through the miracle that is evolution, modern man (both anatomically and behaviorally) came to be approximately 30,000 years ago. This evolution was sparked by environmental and social antagonists that made evolution a necessity for survival.

While this timeline is still, and may always be, hotly debated there is one fact that remains; we are genetically almost identical to our earliest modern human ancestors.

My favorite example of reaching evolution’s apex is the shark, nature’s perfect predator. Sharks have been around for over 400 million years; their species has survived mass extinctions, ice ages, and cataclysmic events that even the dinosaurs were unable to endure.

What is most interesting about these kings of the deep is that they have stopped evolving; the modern shark appeared in out planet’s oceans over 100 million years ago and has since ceased to evolve.

According to the ideology surrounding “Survival of the Fittest”, there are intrinsic biological factors such as competition for food and a mate that lead species to evolve ahead of their competitors; but what happens when there are no competitors as with sharks? It appears as though evolution takes a back seat to simply extending the current species.

From the creation of irrigation systems all the way to the incredible discoveries of modern medicine, have we actually hit our apex as a species? Evolution comes about as a result of necessity and a species innate desire to propagate its own gene pool.

Thanks to modern technology, humans are mating without any true competition and living longer than ever; to the point where some in the science community actually fear we may populate our planet beyond its maximum sustainable capacity.

It would appear that there is little reason for our species to continue evolving; food is plentiful, disease has been reasonably controlled, and breeding is unhindered.

While evolutionarily speaking 30,000 years is not a very long time, the question still remains. Are we the next shark?  We have no natural predators remaining and the greatest threat to us is ourselves.  Have we as humans actually evolved beyond Evolution?

 

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4 Responses to Have We Evolved Beyond Evolution?

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  3. TheTaoOfD says:

    Appreciate it. There will be a lot more coming!

  4. blogmefast says:

    Thank you for responding to my comment regarding insects and thinking. I really like your writings.

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