December 6, 2012

To Understand Humans, Understand Koala Bears

Carl Zimmer, Slate


AP Photo

To understand what it means to be human, you have to understand koalas. Or, to be more precise, you have to understand how they are dying from a bizarre viral outbreak that has been raging for the past 150 years or so. The koalas are now going through something our ancestors experienced 31 times over the past 60 million years. And those ancient viral outbreaks have helped to make us who we are today.

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TAGGED: Pandemic Disease, Human Evolution, Humans, Koalas, Retrovirus

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