"adaptation" to non-natural dietary items impossible?

Laurie Xlaurie at the-beach.net
Sat Sep 9 17:46:37 EST 2000

"Mary K. Kuhner" <mkkuhner at kingman.genetics.washington.edu> wrote in message
news:8pb4vt$s3v$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk...
> In article <8pashs$foj$1 at mercury.hgmp.mrc.ac.uk>,
> Laurie  <Xlaurie at the-beach.net> wrote:

> >> _Chimpanzees of the Tai Forest_ documents extensive hunting of colubus
> >> monkeys by wild chimpanzees.
> The Tai troupe seemed to have a higher frequency of meat-eating than
> previously studied troupes.
    Thus, supporting my previous contention that different populations of
the same species consume widely differing amounts of flesh clearly
indicates that such practices are social, not instinctual or due to genetic

> Other than that, I have to say as a geneticist that we are absolutely not
> at the point where we can say "an adaptation to X is impossible".  We have
> nothing like the required knowledge of possible adaptation pathways.
    Then, clearly we also are not at the point where we can say "adaptation
to X is possible", or has occurred.
    Thank you for supporting my argument.
    You have also supported my unspoken understanding that the current state
of knowledge in genetics/evolution theory is absolutely insufficient to
adequately discuss this issue, which is so critical to the human species
given its present state of pandemic disease totally unknown in Nature.
    Thus, I will end this thread and seek valid information elsewhere.

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