22
Apr
2018

Seafaring people of Southeast Asia have evolved to dive deeper

“The chance of finding evidence of population-specific natural selection, even in a population as extreme as the Bajau, was pretty slim,” says Ilardo. “It was very exciting to find, and it just opens up so many possibilities. I think it’s fascinating to see just how extraordinary this population is, to think that they’re almost like superhumans living among us with these really extraordinary capabilities. But I also think natural selection is a lot more powerful than we sometimes give it credit for, and maybe we should be looking for it in more places than we thought.”

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