The news that many humans have some Neanderthal DNA has created a wave of bandwagon articles by numerous media outlets. I am very skeptical and also have been of most of the theories surrounding the history of hominids on planet Earth.
Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome . . . ”
This is according to biologists at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany. Neanderthals were “stocky hunters that [sic] dominated Europe until 30,000 years ago.” Of course, this is all subject to change, based on interpretation.
Just last year, when the biologists first announced that they had decoded the Neanderthal genome, they reported no significant evidence of interbreeding.”
“This is probably not the authors’ last word, and they are obviously groping to explain what they have found,” Dr. Ian Tattersall said. He is a paleontologist at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
Reg Henry of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a column on the subject. It’s made its way into at least one Canadian newspaper, The Province in British Columbia. Unfortuantely his thoughts aren’t as insightful as I’d hoped.
Indeed most women today will tell you they have dated a Neanderthal at some time in their lives. . .
That cultural bias needs to be put aside. My inner Neanderthal pleads for understanding. It is no crime to resist change or to have a big brain but not think much.
There’s also nothing wrong with having hair all over your body, although those of us whose hair stopped short of covering our heads think it is a cruel joke that nature has played.
What a wonderful life it must have been, marred only by the attacks of wild beasts and the scoldings of primitive liberals.
Of course, my dear mother would not approve of me linking our family tree to that of Neanderthals. She would insist that it was all on my father’s side and want me to make that distinction clear in her honour. Dad, however, would have been amused.”
A friend told me a couple of nights ago about Walgreens offering genetic testing kits. Since, I have heard via the BBC or NPR on Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio that the company will not be selling these because, according to news sources including The New York Times, of a challenge from the Food and Drug Administration.