No Neanderthal Genes?

What’s this I read? We’re not descended from Neanderthals after all? Hey, I sort of devleoped a fondness for the ancient race after having read Jean Auel’s Earth’s Children series a few years ago. I thought maybe we had a little Neanderthal blood in us. But I guess not?

But what about this guy? Didn’t he used to play for the Boston Red Sox?

Oh, and I forgot about this guy! expletive Blagojevich!

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  1. 2e’s avatar

    I thought his first name was “bleep”…. :roll:

  2. debi_in_hawaii’s avatar

    Isn’t that one of the ‘BeeGees’ ha ha ha ha stayin alive stayin alive 😛

  3. GeologyJoe’s avatar

    That a study of genomes like that is even possible is amazing, regardless of hte out come. Thou, i agree with you in that I know a couple of people who could qualify as neanderthals.

  4. Mardé’s avatar

    Hi 2e! I guess his actual first name is Rod. “Thy rod and thy staff shall comfort thee?” I used expletive before his name because it seemed like every other word in those tapes was bleeped out, as you suggest. Fucking Blago!

    Hi debi_in_hawaii! Jah, that’s a good one. Some are just ha ha ha ha stayin alive stayin alive. Look at Johnny! 😛

    Right, Joe, they may have jumped to conclusions about that. The data are evidently very shaky. We’ll see what they conclude a couple years from now. Anything for a story, huh? But Johnny Damon in his old Red Sox days could pass for one! 😆

  5. Sir Ciego’s avatar

    It is hard for people to come to terms with the idea of not being related to knuckle dragging Neanderthals, especially with popular and controversial documentaries like Encino Man enforcing these archaic fallacies. Recent evidence has been unearthed suggested humans are in fact more genetically similar to sea monkeys than land monkeys. And as most people know, sea monkeys are a type of brine shrimp- so the next time you shove a coconut battered baby shrimp into your mouth, stop and think for just a moment about how succulent and tasty your ancestor would be if dipped in a lime-chutney savory sauce.

  6. Mardé’s avatar

    Wow! A tasty lime-chutney sauced savory knuckle dragging Neanderthal! Well, how about that coconut battered baby brine shrimp if we’re talking ethnic oer’dourves? Thanks for the gourmet archeological ideas, Sir Ciego!

    Wonder how many Encino Men are wandering around these days? I guess Rod Blago could be one. Johnny Damon’s gone straight with the Yankees.

  7. Neil’s avatar

    And there was that other guy, forgot his name, plays for France in world rugby. Looks like the guy in your first picture. Must have been pretty menacing to go up against him.

  8. Dragonstar’s avatar

    That’s a shame! I read about the Neanderthals amongst us very many years ago, and it made sense. New discoveries are being made all the time.

    I enjoyed the “Earth’s Children” series, too.

  9. Mardé’s avatar

    Neil, you’re thinking of Sébastien Chabal, known as the Gallic caveman.

    Hi Dragonstar. Yes, this discovery may not hold up with time, but who knows? Fascinating world of “Earth’s Children”, wasn’t it? May not be too literal but who cares? 😀

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