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ABC News on the next species of human: "Homo Evolutis"

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Writing on Darwin’s 200th birthday last week, Lise Buyer offered this commentary about today’s TEDTalk, Juan Enriquez’ “How Mind-Boggling Science Will Outlast the Crisis.” From the story:

… In his talk at TED, Enriquez said the fact that we are the only living species of humans is an anomaly — or at least out of synch with history. Millions of years ago, there were as many as five different species of humans co-existing on the planet.

Well, hooray! Perhaps modern humans are the end result of all evolution. Perhaps we have reached the very pinnacle of natural selection and genetic drift. On the other hand, Enriquez suggested, perhaps those are slightly arrogant conclusions.

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