Your cousin, sorry to say, looks quite a bit like a rat. Just say’n. But then, so does mine. They both ate insects, too. They aren’t listed on Ancestry.com, but rather in the New York Times science section. “Humankind’s common ancestor with other mammals may have been a roughly rat-size animal that weighed no more than a half a pound, had a long furry tail and lived on insects.”
Imagine that, John Lennon.
The article goes on to say that the animal had several anatomical characteristics for live births that anticipated all placental mammals and led to some 5,400 living species, from shrews to elephants, bats to whales, cats to dogs and, not least, humans.
Placena. There’s the key. No vaginal probes required.
Scientists report that they have developed a new system for handling copious amounts of fossil and genetic data in the service of evolutionary biology. This information is placed in a data bank called MorphoBank, with advanced software for handling the largest compilation yet of data and images on mammals living and extinct.
It seems to me that science has left the fundamentalists in the dust, so to speak, pun intended. But then, that’s nothing new.