Did the invention of the bicycle cause a sexual revolution?
LONDON – Are we humans still evolving? Scientists support that idea. But instead of trying to imagine how weird we’re gonna look in the future, let’s go back in time; not with a DeLorean, but with a bike.
British biologist Steve Jones, from the University College London, says the invention of the bicycle has triggered one of the most important revolutions in human sex and genetics. And no, it’s not because of the pressure men feel down there when they’re riding a bike. It’s much simpler than that. For thousands of years, men and women lived, reproduced and died in the same villages. Therefore they could only marry their neighbors or even their relatives. With the introduction of the bike during the 19th century in Europe, the perimeter of flirtation moved at least 30 miles away.
The mixing of genes intensified since then with the development of technology and transportation. If this trend continues, it won’t be long before we start dealing with mothers in law from different planets. Is that what you call evolution?