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Neanderthal Style

January 30th, 2014 - 9:28 am
Our ancestors had it this good.

Our ancestors had it this good.

Fascinating stuff on our not-so-pegigreed origins:

When modern humans migrated out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they found the Eurasian continent already inhabited by brawny, big-browed Neanderthals. We know that at least some encounters between the two kinds of human produced offspring, because the genomes of people living outside Africa today are composed of some 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal DNA.

Two studies published concurrently in Nature and Science on Wednesday suggest that while the Neanderthal contribution to our genomes was modest, it may have proved vitally important.

Some parts of non-African genomes are totally devoid of Neanderthal DNA, but other regions abound with it, including those containing genes that affect our skin and hair. This hints that the Neanderthal gene versions conferred some benefit, and were kept during evolution.

“It seems quite compelling that as modern humans left Africa, met Neanderthals, and exchanged genes, we picked up adaptive variants in some genes that conferred an advantage in local climatic conditions,” says Joshua Akey, who led the study in Science.

I believe “exchanged genes” is science talk for “getting it on.”

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It's an underrated little gem of a movie. Good, (mostly) clean, campy fun.
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Atouk alounda Lana. Lana alounda Tonda.

Atouk, Lana no zug zug.
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Is it possible to merge genomes by ingestion?
We're pretty sure our ancestors weren't too finicky.
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Blends nonwithstanding, it is undeniable that it is Cro-Magnon genes that are dominant by a wide margin.

Thus it is obvious that African immigrants overwhelmed and subsumed the indigenous population of Europe, essentially replacing it with themselves.

Is this not the very definition of colonialist oppression? Should those of undoubted European origins not form groups about it... La Neandertha.... perhaps? Surely reparations from our African overlords are due. Which they will never agree to since they cannot fathom the cultural pain and emptiness I feel as my Neanderthal culture and forebears have been so ruthlessly crushed by the outsiders, who so blatantly saw themselves as "superior".

I guess we start with demanding "Neanderthal-Studies" at our state universities, followed by separate dorms, etc..... and take it from there.

No justice for Neanderthals, no peace. Stop Cro-Magnon oppression now!!
30 weeks ago
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Also known as When Hairy Met Smelly
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It makes sense that genes from a race already living more or less successfully in Ice Age Europe would have helped a race moving north from Africa to survive there.
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"... an advantage in local climatic conditions...." Obviously those conditions never changed. Oh, and we're doomed.
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I don't know the movie, but are you saying the Neanderthal were a race of hot women?
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The movie is Caveman, a slapstick comedy starring Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach, Dennis Quaid, and Shelley Long. It's by no means a great movie, but it's lots of silly fun.
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*&^# hits the fan when you start to find what some of those differences were. Skull size, for instance, seems to have been increased modestly but significantly for non-African homo sapians due to our mixing with Neanderthals. But any concept of mixing increasing relative sub-species intelligence becomes a firestorm of controversy.
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I recognized the movie immediately. Stupid, but pretty funny.
30 weeks ago
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Atouk alounda Lana. Lana alounda Tonda.

Atouk, Lana no zug zug.
30 weeks ago
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It's an underrated little gem of a movie. Good, (mostly) clean, campy fun.
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My fav bit, after our wacky gang escapes from the abominable snowman, he looks so dejected, turns and shuffles off.
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