Last universal common ancestor was “a sophisticated cellular organism”
|March 11, 2014||Posted by News under News, Origin Of Life|
The Hallelujah TiradeThe Scientist, explaining how “chemistry begat biology,” we learn,
Sitting at the base of the three-domain tree is our last universal common ancestor (LUCA). What researchers can say today about the makeup of LUCA is a direct result of the availability of gene sequences from so many species. Aaron Goldman writes that “LUCA is not [Darwin’s] ‘primordial form,’ but rather a sophisticated cellular organism that, if alive today, would probably be difficult to distinguish from other extant bacteria or archaea.” More.
File with: New study finds little evidence for key Darwinian doctrine (character displacement)
Are the journals already dropping Darwin?
“Sometime, Schmumble, get around to convening a meeting about how that sophisticated cellular organism ended up here. By the way, has anyone ever made a list of all the ways we used to think Darwinian evolution could happen, but it turns out it can’t?”
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