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Human/ape DNA - 96%, 97%, 98%, 99%? It Depends On Who's Talking.

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Posted by Kenny Thornton on July 24, 2002 05:32:58 UTC

96,97,98,99% DNA SIMILARITY?
All of these are incorrect. Do the math yourself, it was a very basic statistical math error:
Averaging two figures without taking into account the differences in the number of observations contributing to each figure.
When a proper mean is calculated, the figure comes out to 96.2% DNA "similarity" (These numbers derived from DNA Hybridization and not from true DNA fully accurate testing). Anyhow, let's assume that there is a 96.2% similarity in the DNA of humans and apes. So what? You want to see 96.2% similarity in action?...

These two sentences are 97% similar:

There are many scientists today who question the evolutionary paradigm and its athiestic philisophical implecations.

There are NOT many scientists today who question the evolutionary paradigm and its athiestic philisophical implecations.

These two sentences 97% (that's greater than 96.2%) homologically similar and yet they are complete and total opposites of each other.

Sorry, but closeness only counts in horseshoes and hand-greanades, and sometimes not all hand-greanades.

< Kenny, 16

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