Human Evolution a Timeline

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The first man was neither born nor evolved; he was created by God on the 6th day of the creation week. The first woman was likewise divinely created. It is from those two original humans that all mankind would descend. Genetically they must have differed greatly from modern man in that all the genetic information for all the "races" of people we see in our modern world must have been present in those two original humans.

Between creation and the flood there was some divergence in the path of human evolution. As people spread out across the land they divided into tribes and nations. Physical differences likely began to appear as groups became genetically isolated. Even so, at the time of the flood the human genome still carried the blueprints for all the different peoples we know today.

After the flood, people once again began to multiply and spread across the land. From creation until now all men spoke a single common language. It was during this time that men offended God with their lofty plans leading to His confusing their speech. People grouped together as they found others who shared their new language. As these people separated from others and intermarried within their language groups various traits were amplified and others supressed. The different groups began to develop features, colors, and other physical traits that differed from one another. This was the birth of what we call races.

Today we see the outcome of thousands of years of this "evolution". Genetic traits are associated with geographical regions where they became prominent. People often judge others based on what traits they share or don't share in common. What a farce that is when we consider that we are all the products of that original pair of human ancestors.

There have also been major fluctuations in the human life span. From a high point with ages over five hundred years the human life expectancy dropped to a mere thirty five years in what we now call the "dark ages". From there it has risen to about seventy five years for modern humans in developed countries.

The future of human "evolution" could be interesting indeed. With the growing acceptance of interracial marriage it is possible to theorize that one day we will see the original human genome reconstructed. All the possibilities that Adam carried in his genetic code may once again be recombined and the diversity that we now see in the human race may once again be condensed in individual humans.

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