Uncommon Descent Contest: Is there any progress in the study of human evolution?

In this version of the very long-running human evolution soap opera (Ewen Callaway, Nature News, 9 May 2011), we didn’t kill the Neanderthals; they died before we got there. (Episode 4440).

In a different episode, they were our squeezes and in-laws – which is probably why we killed them. Anyway, they weren’t as stupid as they pretended, either.

Some folk, looking at all this, say “Science, unlike religion, changes its mind in the light of new evidence.” That may be so (the evidence is rather mixed on both sides), but many recent episodes sound more like changing fashions in interpretation rather than decisive new evidence.

For a free copy of The Nature of Nature mailed to your home: What do you think? We just don’t know and are seeking a range of views.

Contest will be judged Saturday, May 21, 2011 Enter here.

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