Re: Date for Last Common Ancestor?

Susan S. Chin (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 06:14:06 GMT> <> <>:
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Stephen Barnard ( wrote:
: John Hawks wrote:
: >
: > Susan and Stephen (and whoever else),
: >
: > Hi, I'm John Hawks, and I study with Dr. Wolpoff at the University of Michigan. I want to let you know that
: > you're both right about "last common ancestors." However, the topic is one that readily invites confusion,
: > so I'm glad to see this thread appear as it promises to be a very useful discussion.
: >

: Thanks for clarification, John. It was very informative.

: I don't *like* to sound like a know-it-all, but I know that I do at
: times. You obviously know a lot more about this topic than I do.

: BTW, the reason I'm somewhat up-to-speed on this topic is that I've been
: reading Daniel Dennet's book, Darwins Dangerous Idea, which I like very
: much so far.

: Steve Barnard

Gee Steve, now that you mention it, you do often come across like a know
it all. I don't know what your background in Paleoanthro is, but you will
find that, as a historical science, there is hardly ever any situations
where you will ever "know it all," "know it for certain," and least of
all, be in a position to tell someone flat out they are wrong (however
reluctantly of course).

I don't claim to know it all, but then again, I don't go around talking
condescendingly to others in the newsgroup either. Just something for you
to think about in future posts.