Mathematical difference question

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Mathematical difference question

Post by RedCell989 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 8:27 pm

I don't know if this is even possible, but I am writing a paper on evolution in school and I was wondering if it is possible to determine a mathematical difference between organisms. Specifically:
the difference between Eucaryotic organisms and Hominids and the difference between the first Hominids to be found and the first Homo Sapiens to be found.

For instance lets say an ape is a number 25 and modern day humans are a number 26, the difference genetically would be a factor of 1. (just for an example) What would the aproximate numerical difference be between the mentioned organisms.


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Post by biostudent84 » Fri Dec 03, 2004 10:41 pm

There might be...but I've never heard of it. There is the Hardy-Weinberg equation, but that only measures for one trait frequency in one species and location.

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Post by RobJim » Thu Feb 10, 2005 1:34 am

One method might involve calculating the differences in the genomes. For example, there's a commonly quoted statistic that humans' closest relative is the chimp because they share 95% of their DNA or something.

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