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Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:29 pm

The latest news (Science, 17 March 2016) on the subject:

Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/scien ... .html?_r=0

The ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and another
extinct line of humans known as the Denisovans at least four times in the
course of prehistory, according to an analysis of global genomes published
in the journal Science.
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/e ... ce.aad9416
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Re: Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Homini

Postby Mario Schweiger » Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:45 am

Thanks!
Now I know (got the confirmation) why i look like as I look like :lol:
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Re: Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Homini

Postby Berislav Horvatic » Tue Apr 05, 2016 10:05 pm

Mario Schweiger wrote:Thanks!
Now I know (got the confirmation) why I look like as I look like :lol:

No, you don't. Not like a Neanderthal. Not necessarily a compliment, but you don't. Neanderthals were
quite handsome people - at least (and especially) the younger ones, of course. (I mean, those individuals
much younger than either you or me...) Also rather smart, contrary to what has too often been said about
them.
In summary, getting older, uglier, and more stupid doesn't make anyone (any Homo sapiens) closer to
Homo neanderthalensis as such (an sich). It's an illusion (or a delusion, although I don't quite see the
difference between these two terms - or just stubbornly refuse to do so...?)
More seriously, I first have to disscuss the subject with the best molecular biologist available to me locally
- on the phone, Martina Podnar Lešić - to understand WHAT precisely these alleged "2%" of "Neanderthal
genes" actually refer to. The "2%" of WHAT exactly, in respect to WHAT? I'd really like to understand that.
I'll report the summary of my understanding, if I get hold of it.
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