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Functional vomeronasal receptor genes in primates?

Social isolation disrupts myelin production.

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Random mutations theory and pervasive mosaic evolution (the body)

Natural Selection and Sexual Selection must concurrently occur, which makes them non-random processes not driven by random mutations.

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Desmond Morris Syndrome: No selective advantage

Desmond Morris Syndrome (DSM), where story-telling that incorporates evolutionary theory is better accepted than the basic principles of biology and levels of biological organization

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A “new” form of natural selection?

It’s interesting to see Feldman indicate that “human movements drove a new form of natural selection” as if there was ever any other form of natural selection that had been detailed across species by anyone else.

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Evolutionarily innovative DNA mistakes?

The toxin did not kill the organism that ingested it, which is great for that individual. But how did the epigenetic effects of the toxin on intracelluar signaling and stochastic gene expression contribute to species survival

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Natural Selection and the Complexity of the Genome

As an alternative to my model, one of the people involved in presenting the ENCODE data has said there are “random models” that may explain adaptive evolution across species. Does anyone know what he’s talking about? What “random model” helps to explain the species diversity that results from nutrient acquisition and the metabolism of nutrient chemicals to pheromones….

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Human Pheromones and Multi-level selection

The problem with multi-level selection in humans seems likely to be one that is due to ignorance about the role of pheromones in the context of ecological, social, neurogenic, and socio-cognitive niche construction.

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Is modeling natural selection as a sensing agent reasonable?

Olfaction is the ‘sensing agent’ of natural selection, because natural selection requires selection of nutrient chemicals that metabolize to pheromones that control reproduction and species diversification.

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Bickering theorists: opinions about selfish genes and group selection

Suddenly, “epigenetic rules” offer explanatory power about half-way through the book, which allows him to link everything except olfactory/pheromonal input to group selection and an attack in the last chapters on religious beliefs.

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Cultural processes are biologically based

Ignoring the molecular biology common to all organisms from microbes to man makes it appear that biological and cultural processes operate somewhat independently across species — as if there were significant differences in the molecular biology of different species.

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