Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

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Entire Genome of Extinct Human Decoded from Fossil
ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012) — The Max Planck  Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, has  completed the genome sequence of a Denisovan, a representative of an  Asian group of extinct humans related to Neandertals.
In 2010, Svante Pääbo and his colleagues presented a draft version of  the genome from a small fragment of a human finger bone discovered in  Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The DNA sequences showed that this  individual came from a previously unknown group of extinct humans that  have become known as Denisovans. Together with their sister group the  Neandertals, Denisovans are the closest extinct relatives of currently  living humans.
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deconversionmovement:

Entire Genome of Extinct Human Decoded from Fossil

ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2012) — The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, in Leipzig, Germany, has completed the genome sequence of a Denisovan, a representative of an Asian group of extinct humans related to Neandertals.

In 2010, Svante Pääbo and his colleagues presented a draft version of the genome from a small fragment of a human finger bone discovered in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. The DNA sequences showed that this individual came from a previously unknown group of extinct humans that have become known as Denisovans. Together with their sister group the Neandertals, Denisovans are the closest extinct relatives of currently living humans.

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