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ERV FAQ: Isn't this just circular reasoning, assuming evolution to 'prove' evolution?

No. No assumption of evolution is made when concluding that commonly located ERVs are due to common ancestry.

A conclusion drawn from evidence and reasoning is not an assumption or a presupposition.

The conclusion is drawn from the following items of evidence -

1. ERVs have the same detailed structure as proviruses. This fact does not require us to assume evolution.
2. Retroviral integration does not target specific loci in DNA. This fact does not require us to assume evolution.
3. Inheritance places the same genetic material in the same locations in DNA. This fact does not require us to assume evolution.


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