|MadSci Network: Genetics|
My family has a history of unusual 'birthmarks'. Usually the firstborn, often male, is born with a unique 'birthmark', which seems like a different step in evolution. Many of these are vestigal things and of no consequence, but some are unexplored and not understood. I am the first in my family to receive a very large number of these simultaneously. I was born with pinhole marks in my eyes and ears, an extra rib, abnormal bone, muscle and internal organ configurations, my tongue had to be cut free from my lower jaw when I was born, no tear ducts, I have an extra piece of brain about the size of a marble in the center of my head just above the hyperthalmus. Every time I see a doctor they seem to find something new. My doctor has gotten used to this, and even says things like, "Your liver appears to be abnormal, but that is normal for you." I seem to think, sense and experience things differently too, but my observations are not impartial. Is there anyone doing comprehensive studies in evolution that I could see and find out what the changes in me are and whether any are beneficial or harmful? So far none seem harmful, merely unusual and mostly vestigal I assume.
Re: Is there anyone doing studies on human evolution that is happening today?
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