If you look at the universe and study the universe, what you find is that there is no evidence that we need anything other than the laws of physics and the other laws of science to explain everything we see. There's absolutely no evidence that we need any supernatural hand of god. -- Lawrence Krauss, World-Renowned Physicist
There is probably no other notion in any field of science that has been as extensively tested and as thoroughly corroborated as the evolutionary origin of living organisms. -- Encyclopedia Britannica
FAITH. No one word personifies the absolute worst and most wicked properties of religion better than that. Faith is mind-rot. It’s the poison that destroys critical thinking, undermines evidence, and leads people into lives dedicated to absurdity. It’s a parasite regarded as a virtue. -- PZ Myers
Religion is the antithesis of science, an anesthetic for the mind that disables critical thought and encourages the acceptance of inanity as fact, and wishful thinking as evidence. -- PZ Myers

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This bonobo ape almost looks like a human ape. A bit more hairy but very wise.

Along with the common chimpanzee, the bonobo is the closest extant relative to humans. Because the two species are not proficient swimmers, the formation of the Congo River 1.5–2 million years ago possibly led to the speciation of the bonobo. They live south of the river, and thereby were separated from the ancestors of the common chimpanzee, which live north of the river. There are no concrete data on population numbers, but the estimate is between 29,500 and 50,000 individuals. The species is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List and is threatened by habitat destruction and human population growth and movement, though commercial poaching is the most prominent threat. It typically lives 40 years in captivity, though its lifespan in the wild is unknown.
Bonobo apes are closely related to chimpanzee apes. Their common ancestor lived about two million years ago. They are also closely related to us. Our common ancestor lived about six million years ago. DNA sequencing has repeatedly shown these evolutionary relationships are true.

Look at this guy. Look deeply at his face. I'm seeing a very human like creature in there.

What a disaster if these priceless apes were wiped out. If there's only 30,000 left that's too close to extinction.

Habitat destruction and poaching are terrible crimes. If it was up to me the penalty would be death. Just kill the assholes who harm our closest relatives.

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