5.07.2010

Oh Yeah? Well Your Ancestor's a Neanderthal! No, Really.

Homo_sapiens_neanderthalensisWell, we knew that humans found Neanderthals good eatin’, but it seems they also enjoyed sex with them too. According to a new study, most people can trace some of their DNA to Neanderthals. In fact, we could be up to 4% Neanderthal. According to Max Planck Institute evolutionary geneticist Svante Pääbo, "'The Neanderthals are not totally extinct. In some of us they live on a little bit.” It took four years for Pääbo’s team to assemble a working sequence from DNA in the bones of three 38,000-year-old Neanderthal women, found in Croatia’s Vindija Cave. The sequence, published May 6 in Science, covers about 60 percent of the entire genome.
Read more in Wired Science.

This could explain the existence of Glenn Beck.
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