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Louis Cypher wrote
at 9:17 AM, Monday November 13, 2023 EST
Without discussing the potentially racist implications of this image (maybe I just don't get it), there certainly are no millions of chimpanzees or even great apes.

You could argue that part of evolution has always been and always will be the extinction of overcome species...
CriticalDog wrote
at 10:29 AM, Monday November 13, 2023 EST
There did used to be far more chimps and great apes, but human development and predation has reduced their numbers significantly.

But yet, as our hominid ancestors evolved, they became better at surviving in the areas in which they lived and evolved, and thus eliminated their competition (either via killing them, interbreeding, or keeping them from having the resources they needed to survive).

Proof of this is the fact that Homo Sapiens Sapiens (modern humans) shared Europe for a time with Homo Neanderthalensis (Neanderthals). Genetic evidence indicates that there was some crossbreeding (red hair appears to be a trait inherited from H. Neanderthalis), as well as out competing and killing of our last competitor.

Humans evolved in a time when we were responding to our environment (skin color comes from that, for the most part). However, as our intelligence increased, eventually we got to the point where we shaped our environment to suit ourselves, and thus are generally no longer shaped by such factors.

We do continue to evolve, of course, as all living things do, but given how slowly evolution moves, it isn't something that is visible in the normal way one thinks.

ALSO!
Yes, the meme shown is an attempt to call out pretty much all the Balkans (including, for some reason, part but not all of Greece) as being less evolved. Racist, and childish, which is par for the course.
Louis Cypher wrote
at 10:19 AM, Tuesday November 14, 2023 EST
Thank you for the long version of my last line....

And of course mankind could evolve quickly. With our large number of genes and so on.... it is just that we are breading too late from an evolution point of view, not with 12 as biology suggests.
CriticalDog wrote
at 11:40 AM, Tuesday November 14, 2023 EST
There is the question of when does something become a genetic change, vs just a physiological change that is just an expression that was always there but never realized previously.

An example of this is the lengthening of Japanese digestive tracts in the last 3-4 generations, as they have added more meat (but still not nearly as much as is the Western norm) and whatnot to their diet. Genetically, no difference but the environment does allow for a biological adjustment over time.

Same thing is evidenced with height being directly related to childhood nutrition. Might not be the only factor, but it's a big one.
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