The Hobbit = textbook Darwin

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Re: The Hobbit = textbook Darwin

Post by Cognito » Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:54 pm

Cogs: Just how, within the confines of Darwinian evolution and island dwarfism, did the Hobbit wind up with foot morphology similar to that of A. afarensis?

RS: ... we (you) should be extremely wary of attributing properties to a species' variant on the basis of less than 10% of 2 individuals' skeletal remains.
Alright, RS. Explain how any H. erectus possessing a fairly modern human anatomy from the neck down could develop the following type of archaic foot as a result of island dwarfism? Retrograde genes?

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Re: The Hobbit = textbook Darwin

Post by Rokcet Scientist » Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:38 am

Cognito wrote:
Cogs: Just how, within the confines of Darwinian evolution and island dwarfism, did the Hobbit wind up with foot morphology similar to that of A. afarensis?

RS: ... we (you) should be extremely wary of attributing properties to a species' variant on the basis of less than 10% of 2 individuals' skeletal remains.
Alright, RS. Explain how any H. erectus possessing a fairly modern human anatomy from the neck down could develop the following type of archaic foot as a result of island dwarfism? Retrograde genes?

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Simple evolution. The Hobbit climbed trees! Probably to eat and avoid being eaten. And consequently the Hobbit's anatomy adapted to the circumstances. Just like some HS (?) on Indian and Pacific Ocean islands today, who have visibly more "ape-like" feet – long and wide, with a 'gripping' large toe – than we in the west do. Because they climb (palm) trees every day, every week, their whole lives long. As did all their ancestors. For millennia.

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Re: The Hobbit = textbook Darwin

Post by Digit » Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:23 am

Which requires the assumption that HE didn't climb trees and that the Hobbits did.

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