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Got questions about evolution?

There must be lots of people out there on the interwebz with questions about evolution. People are evidently very interested, whether they are creationists, evolutionists*, or on the fence. When I first started blogging, it was really to spread the word about evolution, so maybe it's about time to explicitly invite people to ask. 

I was prompted to call for questions because I got a promotional offer from Google Adwords. I have now set up an ad so that people searching on certain keywords might find their way here, inviting them to ask questions.

So, if you have a question about evolution, you can ask them anywhere in the comments, and I'll make sure to try to answer, or refer you to someone else who can.

I'll keep a FAQ:

1) Q: Did we evolve from monkeys? A: Not from monkeys alive today, but surely it would not be much of a stretch to call the most recent common ancestor of humans and present-day monkeys monkeys, since that species probably looked at lot like something resembling a monkey. You can use Time Tree to find out when humans and monkeys split: about 29 million years ago. Since then the human and the baboon lineages have been evolving separately. That there are still monkeys around today does not invalidate evolution anymore more than the fact that there is still dust around invalidates creationism.

* I use the term 'evolutionist' to mean someone who believes in evolution, and 'evolutionary biologists' for the professional scientist.

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