Morton thought he’d identified immutable and inherited differences among people, but at the time he was working—shortly before Charles Darwin put forth his theory of evolution and long before the discovery of DNA—scientists had no idea how traits were passed on. Researchers who have since looked at people at the genetic level now say that the whole category of race is misconceived. Indeed, when scientists set out to assemble the first complete human genome, which was a composite of several individuals, they deliberately gathered samples from people who self-identified as members of different races. In June 2000, when the results were announced at a White House ceremony, Craig Venter, a pioneer of DNA sequencing, observed, “The concept of race has no genetic or scientific basis.”via There’s No Scientific Basis for Race—It’s a Made-Up Label
This is sad. National Geographic has been an amazing conduit for getting science news into the hands of the public for over a century. It will turn into another hollow shell that makes money for news corp.
The recent capture of a fish species off the coast of Denmark that is rumored to sometimes mistake human male genitalia for nuts sparked fears of “testicle-eating fish” invading Scandinavian waters-and even led experts to caution men to keep their swimsuits well tied.
My first thought was Oh, no…Dan Brown is going to write another novel now.
Since the giant constrictors took hold in Florida in 2000, many previously common mammals have plummeted in number-and some, such as cottontail rabbits, may be totally gone from some areas.
Yet another reason not to visit Florida.