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Actual mutation rate vs. evolutionary rate

Posted by ShiHuang on 18 Oct 2008 at 18:59 GMT

Your paper provides one more support for my recent proposal, the maximum genetic diversity (MGD) hypothesis. (see, http://precedings.nature....)

Genetic distance over long evolutionary time is often the maximum genetic distance that has long been reached before present. The rate calculated from this maximum genetic distance should therefore be much smaller than the actual mutation rate from pedigree analysis of either fossils or extant organisms.

Fossil sequences are going to revolutionize the field of molecular evolution. The central theory of the field, the molecular clock hypothesis, can no longer escape direct testing. For an analysis of the test result, see Huang, S. Riv. Biol. 2008, 101: 93-108 (http://precedings.nature....)

and http://www.thegoldengnomo...

These results show clearly that the clock hypothesis is largely incorrect. The only alternative is the MGD hypothesis that explains all relevant facts and has yet to be contradicted by a single observation.