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About Me: I went from looking for god to finding him evil to finding he does not exist, all before turning 14. Now, I can proudly say, I'm a libertarian, an anarchist, and a free thinker.
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    Evolution by Human Selection
    Friday, May 12, 2006

    Given that dogs come in every shape, size and colour, it is strange to think they are all wolves under the skin.

    According to DNA studies, domestic dogs owe their origins to a wolf cub that probably fell into the hands of humans some 40,000 years ago somewhere in Southeast Asia.

    Over the course of thousands of years, they were shaped by humans for hunting, guarding and herding into the 400 or so modern breeds.

    "It's incredible what you can do with selective breeding," says Alice Dowswell, exhibition curator at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire.

    "Originally, according to DNA samples, it would appear that the domestic dog is most closely related to the grey wolf. Point-two-percent is the difference between domestic dog DNA and grey wolf DNA, whereas the difference between coyote DNA and dog DNA is 4%. So the grey wolf is by far the closest match." BBC

    So how can we explain this if we reject evolution? This is just one of a small number of scientific articles on evolution (out of the far more extensive amount out there) that get their way into the mainstream media.

    posted by Roya @ 7:32 AM  
    • At 12/5/06 11:16 AM, Blogger CyberKitten said…

      A theist would smile and say: "Yes, but they are all still dogs."

    • At 12/5/06 7:02 PM, Blogger JustinOther said…

      Then the theist would say that God created the dog to resemble the wolf, blah, blah, blah. Don't question it because God "works in mysterious ways".

      Can't help but laugh at that one.

    • At 12/5/06 7:33 PM, Blogger Roya said…

      I should say That this wasn't a pretty good example that I gave but 0.2 % difference with wolves is quite amaising when you look at the many varieties that dogs come in.

    • At 12/5/06 8:24 PM, Blogger Bacon Eating Atheist Jew said…

      And don't forget, there were only 2 dogs on the Ark(these 2 dogs are considered by creation scientists as one kind), actually make that puppies, Noah had to make lots of room for all the animals so he only took babies.
      The 2 dogs, or maybe wolves( there is debate amongst creation scientists whether wolves and dogs are one kind or two kinds), were the two dogs responsible for all the different dogs on the planet today.

    • At 12/5/06 10:32 PM, Blogger TheJollyNihilist said…

      Here's the question I always use to baffle creationists when they talk about Noah's Ark.

      Where exactly does the Biblical "kind" fit into the Linnaean Classification? Generally speaking, creationists use "kind" in a totally inconsistent way that represents the very antithesis of scientific practice.

    • At 12/5/06 11:28 PM, Blogger Roya said…

      Maybe Noah took one pair from each kingdom. "Kind" and "Kingdom" both start with "Kin". LOL

    • At 13/5/06 8:56 AM, Blogger TheJollyNihilist said…


      I bet to most fundies, that makes total sense.

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