Research up to now inquired as to which unique genes humans have when compared to other primates. In other words, “What genes make us better than other apes?” (perspective “A” in the illustration above). But maybe we should look at our differences from another perspective “B”: “Are there genes that humans lack but that other apes possess?” Nature, March 10 Issue, has an article by McLean et. al. that shows indeed that humans lack 510 chunks of DNA when compared to chimpanzees and macaques. Most of this missing genetic data is also missing from Neandertals, suggesting that the pieces were lost sometime between 500,000 and 6 million years ago. (See: Science News April 9th).
Most of the missing genetic pieces are not genes — in fact only one gene is involve. Instead, the DNA defects may act as regulators of genes. In fact, one piece is an enhancer for the gene which controls the production of facial sensory whiskers and small spines on the penises of both chimps and mice. So researchers are speculating that this is why humans have spineless penises. What? Some animals have bones in their penis? Is this where the word “boner” comes from?
My family has raised ducks and it is well known that it is not good for ducks to copulate on land where the mechanics actually puts them at risk for breaking the bone in their penis.
As you know, Genesis 2:21-23 speaks of God removing a rib from Adam to create Eve — and thus the rest of human kind. But basic anatomy tells us there is no difference in ribs between males and females. Was Genesis wrong? Maybe the word “rib” is not translated correctly. Most male mammals have a bone for stiffening the penis (a baculum) — which is speculated to quicken ejaculations. But the Hebrew word in Genesis referring to “rib” has other meanings like “supporting columns in trees” or “planks in doors”. So it has been speculated that his passage may refer to loosing the bone in their penis — the change from earlier primates to humans. By adding this recent research to this speculation, when humans lost these 510 pieces of DNA, maybe the consequence was the loss of the bone in their penis and thus requiring longer time for ejaculation, more bonding and furthering of human cultural evolution. So perhaps is Genesis is closer to a science text than we even imagined. God knocked the bone out of our boners.
Of course I don’t believe this, but I wanted to see if I could beat some Christians to the punch in speculating on this new research.
This article also inspired more daydreaming: This way of looking at differences as loss vs. gain reminded me of how I have viewed myself over the years. Due to the weird supernatural experiences I have had when growing up, I though I must have unique special additional skills in comparison to other people. But as I have matured, I have come to wonder if these experiences are better explained as due to defective losses in my DNA — a broken hallucinating mind. :-)