Sunday, May 09, 2010

This could explain a lot!

Does she look like your ma?
Or your granny?
Well, maybe she IS kin, bucko! What do you think of them apples?

A new study concludes that humans mated with Neanderthals 50,000 to 80,000 years ago, leaving traces of Neanderthal genes in some modern humans. Actually, around 4% of people today may be part Neanderthal, according to the study.

Really? Just 4%? I woulda pegged that number as being closer to 44%, but then I'm incredibly cynical.

Don't tell the folks at the Creationism museum - they'll have to come up with new exhibits and historical fables to explain it. So be kind, their brains are on overload as it is.

Read the facts about this interesting development in the CS Monitor.


Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

"Among the tale the genes tell: A few anatomically modern humans mated with Neanderthals, likely in North Africa or the Middle East as modern humans initially were moving out of Africa, the researchers say."

Which proves, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that overindulgence of alcohol is, at least, just as old...

3:25 PM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

If not for alcohol, probably homo sapiens would have died out eons ago.
Can you imagine the stench emanating from these grubby little folks? You'd have to be falling-down drunk for any intimate contact!

4:55 PM  
Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

I suppose alcohol could be considered the great equalizer. It's certainly brought the most unlikely people together.

4:15 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Here's what Andy Borowitz says:

In other news, Study of the Neanderthal genome at UC Santa Cruz has revealed that mating between humans and Neanderthals may explain one of science’s most persistent mysteries: the existence of Glenn Beck.

“We believe that sex between a human and a Neanderthal may have resulted, some fifteen thousand years later, in several of the Fox News Channel’s primetime hosts, including Glenn Beck,” said a leading genetic researcher at the university.

But while sex between humans and Neanderthals may explain the existence of the controversial Fox host, other mysteries remain, the researcher said: “While it is likely that a human would have sex with a Neanderthal, it is unclear who would have sex with Glenn Beck.”

The discovery that Neanderthals and humans mated fifteen thousand years ago took many scientists by surprise: “Previously, we thought the first time this occurred was on ‘Jersey Shore.’”

9:50 AM  
Blogger Anna Van Z said...

And just think, having to go through life with hair like what's shown in the museum picture! Good thing the life span was so short - after that many bad hair days, you'd wanna die!

12:55 PM  

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