Men are Pigs
Former genetics researcher Eugene McCarthy believes that Darwin had it all wrong. Traits like our hairless skin, body fat, the female orgasm, and thick tooth enamel to name a few, are all traits we have in common with another animal, writes The Outline.
Since the early 80’s McCarthy has believed that humans are the result of an unusual sexual encounter between our closest relative, the chimpanzee, and the animal with which we seemingly share a lot of traits: the pig.
The idea has gotten a lot of negative feedback since McCarthy first published it on his website in 2013, where many geneticists and evolutionary biologists dismiss his claims.
The more McCarty thought about humans being hybrids, the more it made sense to him. One example he mentions is the fact that humans are less fertile than many other mammals, which he argues could be a signature of our hybrid past.
Trying to convince colleagues and other professors about his theory wasn’t easy, as all of them were born and bred on Darwinian evolution, and that’s what they staked their careers on.
“If you criticize Darwin, it’s like saying there is no Jesus in Baptist Church”.
But as we all know, many great theories started out as “crazy” once – including evolution itself.
The standard view of evolution says evolution occurs gradually, through natural selection. According to the standard view, traits vary within populations, partly because of random genetic mutations. This variation may allow certain individuals to better survive, reproduce, and pass on their traits – “survival of the fittest”.
But back in the days, natural selection was only one of many hypotheses for the mechanism of evolution, including lamarckism; where organisms can pass on traits acquired through their lifetime (an idea that is resurfacing through epigenetics), orthogenesis; where organisms evolve in an internally programmed direction, and saltation; where evolution occurs in large, abrupt jumps.
However, advances in genetics eventually solidified natural selection as the chief driver of evolution, but McCarthy argues that saltation deserves revisiting, through his hybrid hypothesis‘ lens.
A lot of principles that we believe today have been rejected at first; symbiogenesis, genetic drift, and epigenetics are some of many.
The Outline writes that symbiogenesis, the theory that cells with nuclei evolved by forming symbiotic relationships with once-independent bacteria was first articulated back in the early 1900s, and developed into a full idea by Lynn Margulis in the 1960’s. Before being published in 1967, her manuscript was rejected by 15 journals, where one grant reviewer told her that her research was crap, and that she shouldn’t bother to apply again.
It wasn’t until when scientists showed that the genomes of mitochondria and chloroplasts could be traced to bacterial origin in the 1980’s, that her ideas were legitimised.
McCarthy believes that he can change the course of modern biology by his hypothesis about human origins, and scientific framework. If only the dogmatic Darwinists in the scientific establishment would get out of the way.
Is it all a coincidence that we share a lot of similarities with pigs?