Tuesday, 21 June 2011

New Research: “The Human Mutation Rate Is Slower Than Thought”

Joel Kontinen

Everything that Darwinists assumed about the date of the latest common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees was most probably wrong. This is the take-home message of a new study published in the journal Nature Genetics.

According to ScienceNews, “Previous measurements based on genetic comparisons between humans and chimpanzees had estimated the [mutation] rate to be more than twice as fast. The discrepancy could mean that chimps and humans shared a common ancestor longer ago than many had thought.”

Mutations are genetic copying mistakes without which Darwinian evolution would be impossible.

The study examined the genomes of two families. Three individuals (father, mother and child) were chosen from each family to take part in the research.

The mutation rate varied surprisingly much between individuals.

A slower than expected mutation rate means in effect that evolution had less time to turn assumed ape men into humans.

In other words: The more we know about Darwinian evolution, the less credible it becomes.


Saey, Tina Hesman. 2011. Human mutation rate slower than thought ScienceNews (13 June).