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    Evolution experiment you say?



    Only included cause it is an interesting story more than anything else.


    http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/25/sc...xperiment.html


    Also there has been plenty of stuff done with bacteria as poof of concept.

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    Oh this is actually what I was looking for especially the group that is competing with each other.



    It is fun stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Question View Post
    Have there ever been any experiments designed to test any theory of evolution? That ever possibly could be?
    The UFC?

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    Human Hands Evolved for Punching?

    This is an interesting article, although lacking in references and specific data.

    http://news.discovery.com/human/evol...ing-121219.htm

    On a basic level, it makes sense, but at the same time, one thing about this article bothers me - if some of the selective pressure involved in shaping the modern human fist was for punching, why is it that throwing an effective punch is so difficult for an untrained fighter? I suppose even a bad punch is better than a slap, but I'm still not 100% convinced on this one.

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    Hmm. Interesting. It's certainly possible.

    I disagree with some of the article - like the last line that says aggressive behavior no longer serves an evolutionary purpose. That's pure feelgood hippie garbage.

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    The link DCS posted has a pretty thorough discussion on the topic, the general consensus being that the evolutionary utility of the hand is its dexterity and ability to manipulate tools, over the ability to fistfight.

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    Oh, thank you DCS. For some reason I missed this before posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil View Post
    Hmm. Interesting. It's certainly possible.

    I disagree with some of the article - like the last line that says aggressive behavior no longer serves an evolutionary purpose. That's pure feelgood hippie garbage.
    I think you're misunderstanding that line. Saying aggressive behavior no longer serves an evolutionary purpose is not the same thing as saying that aggressive behavior is no longer called for. Remember, the same guy who you're quoting said, only a few lines above that, "The bottom line is that women need to fight and defend themselves too."

    What he means when he says that aggressive behavior no longer serves an evolutionary purpose is that humans, for the most part, are no longer being naturally selected according to their capacity for aggressive behavior. The wimps are having babies just as fast as the badasses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    The link DCS posted has a pretty thorough discussion on the topic, the general consensus being that the evolutionary utility of the hand is its dexterity and ability to manipulate tools, over the ability to fistfight.
    And manipulate food; the most important use of any animal's naturally evolved "tool set" is to feed. The same goes for the shape of teeth.

    Before man built fire or homes, he had to crush open grapefruit and coconuts and pineapples and melons by evolving the hammer fist.

    Humans may not use it much today for eating, but our evolutionary relatives do.

    Here is an actual monkey hitting itself with a banana to break it open and eat it.

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