Extreme Evolution Geekery: Molecular Primatology

[Rated 4.95/5 by 6,000+ viewers] In his talk, “A New Tale of the Primate Split”, Dr. Todd Disotell delivers an interesting, if heady at times, talk about alternative dating of primate species using differential comparisons of mitochondrial DNA. The research discussed uses variable rates of genetic evolution in mitochondria to corroborate and refine human and primate evolution. The new approach propose revising the dates of the existence of earlier primates from 65 million years ago to 80-90 million years ago.  If correct, this places the primate line as contemporary to dinosaurs. Mohawk included at no extra charge.

Dr. Disotell received his Ph.D. and Masters degrees from Harvard University, and his Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

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