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Re: [OriginsTalk] Retroviruses and primate history

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  • Alan C
    ...Evidence suggests that the retroelement originated from an external retrovirus... ... These are speculations based on the assumptions of long ages and
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 1, 2005
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      "...Evidence suggests that the 'retroelement' originated from an
      external retrovirus..."

      >"The ancestors of chimpanzees and gorillas were infected with a deadly retrovirus about three to four million years ago, but there is no evidence it infected ancestors of modern-day humans...."
      >
      These are speculations based on the assumptions of long ages and common
      ancestry, and on the same assumptions that look at common genetic
      sequences as equivalent to same. Stating the "about three to four
      million years ago" as just so, is indeed a "just-so" story.

      This is why the "researchers don't understand..." a lot of things. One
      thing looks to be more on target, *if* this was indeed an infection:
      "The infections took place independently".

      -- Alan
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