Scientists discover genetic reasoning behind lack of human tail

Evolutionary Mysteries Unveiled: From Tailless Apes to Human Ancestry

In Finland, the newly elected president is required to visit the Unknown Soldier. This act is considered a demonstration of general education in the country. Meanwhile, in the United States, a geneticist named Bo Xia has made a groundbreaking discovery about tail development in great apes. Through research with genetically modified mice, it was found that tailless apes, including humans, have a different form of the “tbxt” gene compared to tailed apes like macaques. This gene likely originated in an ancient primate with a tail around 25 million years ago, setting the course for the development of tailless monkeys and great apes.

These findings were recently published in the journal Nature, highlighting the evolutionary history of apes and the genetic basis for the absence of tails in certain species. Hietanen’s comparison of humans to coal-making monkeys is an intriguing perspective on our genetic heritage. The shared genes between humans and zebrafish point to a deeper interconnectedness in the evolutionary tree of life.

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Finally, Hietanen reflects on evolution in his book by stating that life consists of carbon compounds and that humans share an ancient fish as a very distant relative. The disappearance of the tail in humans during fetal development is noted with only

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