here’s a t-shirt for sale @ richarddawkins.net:

ridiculous! that’s like saying “wolves are all north americans” or “marsupials are all chinese.”

come on, dick. don’t insult our intelligence like that!

update: we may all be descendants of africans people who came from africa, but we’re not all africans. duh!

update 10/13: glad to see i’m not the only one irritated by the “we are all africans” slogan. so is peter frost over @evo and proud (so i feel i’m in good company!). he posted back in april (via commenter mk over @gnxp):

“In the same interview, Stringer went on to say that our species is so young that differences among humans can only be skin-deep:

“Since so little time has passed since they [modern humans] decamped from Africa, dispersing to the far regions of the world ā€” 100,000 years being a mere paleontological moment ā€” ‘only slight differences, if any, in intellect and innate behavior are likely to have evolved between modern human populations.’ We are ‘all Africans under our skin.’

“Uh, 100,000 years is not a mere paleontological moment. A population can undergo significant physical and genetic change in as little as eight generations. In fact, many animal species go back only to the last ice age (25,000-10,000 BP). Evolutionary change is due primarily to the intensity of natural selection and only secondarily to the passage of time. Indeed, the faster such change has occurred, the more important it must be, since it is being driven by intense natural selection and not by adaptively neutral processes like genetic drift or founder effects.

“I can forgive journalists for not knowing the above. I find it harder to forgive Chris Stringer, who is fully aware of how fast natural selection can operate. There is no point in winning a debate if you inflict a lot of collateral damage in the process….”

read the whole post here.

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  1. You’ll be pleased to know that I found this post via a Google Images search for “we’re all africans”, for which the above image seems to be high up in the results (not so for “we are all africans”, unfortunately). Anyway, given the recent sequencing of DNA from a hair sample from an Australian Aborigine, I thought I’d do a search for the old saying, and since I found this post, I thought I’d point out that our Linnaean superorder likely originated from Laurasia, the defunct continent that once contained what are now North America and Eurasia, so if you wanted to be truly inclusive, why not point out that we are all Laurasians?


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