Svante Paabo: DNA clues to our inner neanderthal

Sharing the results of a massive, worldwide study, geneticist Svante Pääbo shows the DNA proof that early humans mated with Neanderthals after we moved out of Africa. (Yes, many of us have Neanderthal DNA.) He also shows how a tiny bone from a baby finger was enough to identify a whole new humanoid species.

Humanoid? Whatever….

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11 thoughts on “Svante Paabo: DNA clues to our inner neanderthal

  1. Dienekes remains skeptical about “mating”:

    I’ve been quite skeptical of the interpretation of the published Neandertal genome as evidence for Neandertal admixture in Eurasians. Of course, such admixture is a possibility, but I remain unconvinced that the Neandertal admixture thesis has managed to shoulder out other interpretations.

    Personally, I lack the information to make an informed guess about the relative probabilities (although I’m skeptical about some of Dienekes’ other ideas). Other interpretations are certainly plausible, however.

  2. So was it the Denisovans or the Neanderthals that were all rapists? Maybe we can find the rape switch in their DNA…

    Or maybe we can find an “aggressive sexual impulse” switch in ALL DNA? It’s so complex..

    And–does this answer the REAL question–did the caveman, or did the caveman NOT go to heaven!?

  3. Sort of–but I still don’t know if they grew wings once they were up there. Did they get wings?

    Did ALL cavemens and wimon get wings, or were some of them given like, shorter stumps, or like ostrich wings for being more primitive?

    And what do they hunt up in heaven anyways?

  4. The biible clearly says that the angels had wings. You don’t know your bble. And they had fire around them and glowing eyes–like a T-rex or a godzilla!!

    NO NEED FOR HUNTING IN HEAVEN??!! WTF! If there’s no recreational homicide, I’m not going. And if there’s no hunting in heaven, I ain’t going. There would be nothing better than to blast my .357 Ruger into the face of a t-rex! And if they’re in heaven, they would be wayyy easier to hunt, especially if they don’t eat people. That would be heaven. And the meat would taste way better than marshmallow cloud food, especially if there is a way to roast it up there.

    Now that I think of it, I might just hunt some cavemen. Can you imagine how dumb they must be walking around up there basnging at stuff with their clubs thinking “I’m gonna club someone over the head” and then BLAMMMO! I whip out my .357, and blast some caps all over them in their faces!

    Prolly no scientists could even put them skulls back together and tell me all that yik yak about DNA after my .357 is done with them thick caveman skulls! They don’t even deserve to be up there if they can’t figure out how Smith and Wesson are the real gods.

  5. You got it all wrong. Today’s humans are all descended from the passengers of Ark B (Douglas Adams: The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe).

    Regarding the Ur-version of the Jewish religion and its changes and revisions: see “Did God Have A Wife?”. Genesis got heavily edited some time around the eighth or seventh century BC.

  6. Your damned right God had a wife–WTF you think the big bang was all about? It’s a code word for “the BIG bang”!

    And I bet after they were done banging around up there, he had her cook him some vittles, and make the bed so he could finish making men out of clay. She no doubt new her place cause she reconize the importance of HIS work.

    And I bet she don’t regret it none at all, because she sure isn’t lonely anymore with all them cavemen up there doing her yard work, and their wives from South Heaven doing all her laundry, and watchin baby Jesus so he doesn’t fall off a cloud while she goes shopping.

    And T-Rex steaks on the grill allll dayyyy long;-P

  7. What do you mean, where I’m going? Where IS that exactly? hat does THAT look like–have YOU been there?

    But I will tell you, when I get to heaven it will be a lot easier to get some rounds off at them liberuls and all them ungodly folks that think dinosaurs go to heaven!

    Yeah, you’re in the right spot here–lots of gun owners and NRA card carrying liberulz for sure. They may hate the god given right to own automatic weapons, but they sure are the first in line at the corn roasts when the T-Rex steaks are ready ain’t they?

    i can just see them now, standing in line with their tiny little dogs on leashes, all their peace signs on their hippie coats, and all them liberl kids with pink clothes on behind them–their the first ones who cry out ” I want mine well done!” to make you work harder, or ” Give me mine with all the blood drippin’ out of it.

    Yeah–wearin sandals, and funny hair, but their plates and forks are always in there hands, and their tongues waggling out of their heads asking for hand-outs ” and can I get some for my little dog too?” and so forth..or ” I deserve extra potater salad, and give me another stick of corn!–and so forth.

    I’ll be up there in the clouds just wagglin’ my sights on their dinner plates in the name of the lord for sure…Me and Michelle Bachmann, a true crusader for Jesus for sure. I bet she has wings, or at least she wears them sometimes.

    What do you think about that?

  8. Wow, the quality of pathetic trolls has sure gone down around here. What is this — Irrelevant Wanker Steel Cage Death Match?

    “Two trolls enter, no one gives a shit who leaves.” Probably not the catchiest tagline ever…

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