Think You Know What Race Your Ancestors Were? Think Again.

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    Will Bensonposted 8 years ago

    A Science Magazine article about recent research findings, shows that between 1 and 4% of the genomes of people in Eurasia are derived from Neanderthals. No Neanderthal genes were discovered in participants of African ancestry.
    Do you find this unsettling? Why?

    1. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 8 years agoin reply to this


      No, I find this quite intersting, but am too tired to consider it tonite.

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        Will Bensonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I agree. I think I'll get my bearskin and settle down by the fire.

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      LegendaryHeroposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Not really unsettling. I think its really interesting though. Thanks for sharing.

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        Will Bensonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        You're welcome. I'm intrigued by the thought that they didn't disappear entirely after all.

        Thanks for commenting.

    3. NightEmpress profile image60
      NightEmpressposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't find it unsettling. I find it funny. Who cares ? In the end it's all about cells and genes. Human species are one of the millions of species living in the entire Universe. And I'm sure we're not The Best ! LOL

  2. Cagsil profile image81
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Do I find it unsettling? No. So explanation need, but I did want to Thank You for the laugh. smile

    lol lol lol

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      Will Bensonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Maybe it happened on prom night.

      1. Cagsil profile image81
        Cagsilposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        What? You're maybe theory is a little far fetched, even for the imagination. And, I'm speaking about Prom Night, you so eloquently put out there for no rhyme or reason.

        Like "Prom Night" was going to address your topic??? However, it does not. So, please do explain?

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          Will Bensonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I thought maybe you had a sense of humor.

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    saltposted 8 years ago

    that explains most of the male population.

    (couldnt resist.)

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    saltposted 8 years ago

    Also, in the past it had often been stated that the aboriginal people of australia were possibly the oldest race on earth.

    Suddenly, we are told we are all out of africa. Some of this may be a way to create a sense of us all being part of one big family, not different cultures, races and governments who have warred, killed and invaded...

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      Will Bensonposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Isn't it ironic that the more we know about ourselves as humans, the more we find that we're all alike.

      Maybe, as you said, this will add to the sense of us all being one big family.

      ...however, per your first post, it'll probably not influence the battle of the sexes. smile

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        saltposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        i suppose what i was trying to say was that if we are not all from one place as they now say many europeans are of neandothal (spelling might be a little out here..)...The aboriginal or koori people of australia have a special and unique history and the out of africa opinion may take away from their own heritage.. as it might the american indians, who are said to come from ....?

        1. CMHypno profile image93
          CMHypnoposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I think that you might be getting a little carried away. Tiny percentages of the human genome don't add up to a lot, all it means is that some part of the Neanderthal genetic code has been passed on through interbreeding to homo sapiens.  Homo sapiens who remained in Africa would not have interbred with Neanderthals, as there were no Neanderthal populations present in Africa.

          Genetic differences between all humans are tiny, as are the genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees and gorillas. If for some reason you feel threatened by the fact that you may have Neanderthal genes, just remember that they actually had bigger brains than we do!


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