Neanderthal Genes Found in Modern Humans

  • metta

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    Feb 03, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Neanderthal Genes Found in Modern Humans





    http://fora.tv/2011/01/18/Dr_Jean-Jacques_Hublin_Neanderthals_Deciphered
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    Feb 03, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    Modern-day Neanderthals is not news -- here in the US we know them as Republicans. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 12:51 AM GMT
    This is "old" news from May 2010, but bears repeating to the creationists. Only the Africans can be truly called "human," if we stick to the idea that the Neanderthals are a separate species:


    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703686304575228380902037988.html
    "We do not find any evidence of Neanderthal gene flow into Africans," said population geneticist David Reich at Harvard University Medical School, who helped analyze the Neanderthal genome. "What we find is shared equally by Europeans, East Asians and Papua, New Guineans."

    From that pattern, the researchers deduced that prehistoric humans encountered their Neanderthal mates in the Middle East as small human bands first migrated out of their African homeland. There may have just been a few encounters. "A little interbreeding would have spread those genes far and wide," said British anthropologist Chris Stringer at London's Natural History Museum.

    Based on these findings, several anthropologists questioned whether Neanderthals should continue to be considered a separate species. Typically, when different species mate, they don't produce fertile offspring. "I really think when you get up to 2%-to-5% genetic overlap, it is probably not wise to think of these as a separate species," said anthropologist Fred Smith at Illinois State University who studies Neanderthals.
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    Feb 03, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
    Thank goodness they finally found em.. we always theorised they didnt "die out" but simply interbred.. and thus were never a separate species, but a subspecies ..
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    Feb 03, 2011 1:25 AM GMT
    Thanks for posting this! I am fascinated by Neanderthals! The Earth's Children series of books by Jean M. Auel (with book 6 coming out in March!!) is a fictional story which takes place during a time when modern humans and Neanderthals shared the Earth. Check it out if you have any interest in this stuff. I love it!
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    I've always thought that modern humans absorbed the Neanderthals - they live on in the modern human genome.

    Perhaps those genes express in those folks who are naturally mesomorphs with especially robust bone structures.

    I wonder though if baseline Neanderthal humans were in many ways superior to us - stronger, denser bones, larger brain capacity, and robust musculature.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    Very interesting
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    Jun 23, 2015 10:23 PM GMT

    Ancient Man Had Neanderthal Great-Great Grandfather


    Analysis of the jawbone of a man who lived about 40,000 years ago reveals the closest direct descendant of a Neanderthal who mated with a modern human.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/06/150622-neanderthal-dna-jawbone-ancestor-anthropology/