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    Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand


    An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern town of Krapina February 25, 2010. The high-tech, multimedia museum, with exhibitions depicting the evolution from 'Big Bang' to present day, opens on February 27. REUTERS/NIKOLA SOLIC

    Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.

    Scientists said on Friday an analysis of genetic information on about 1,500 people from locations around the world indicated at least four interbreeding episodes tens of thousands of years ago, three with our close cousins the Neanderthals and one with the mysterious extinct human species known as Denisovans.

    People living on the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia represented the only population found to possess an appreciable level of Denisovan genetic ancestry. These Melanesians, like most human populations, also had Neanderthal genetic ancestry.

    The researchers found some of the genes inherited from these extinct species were beneficial for our species.

    Many are involved in the immune system and likely helped protect against pathogens, and some play important roles in skin and hair biology, said University of Washington evolutionary geneticist Joshua Akey, who helped lead the study published in the journal Science.

    The researchers analyzed DNA sequences from 35 people living on Northern Island Melanesia off the coast of New Guinea. These Melanesians were found to have about 2 percent Neanderthal ancestry plus an additional genetic contribution of roughly 2 to 4 percent from Denisovans.

    The non-African populations studied had roughly 1.5 to 4 percent Neanderthal genetic ancestry, Akey said. African populations do not have either Neanderthal or Denisovan ancestry because those two species were never on that continent.

    Denisovans, discovered in the past decade, are known only from a pinky finger bone and two teeth from a northern Siberian cave.

    The robust, large-browed Neanderthals prospered across Europe and Asia from about 350,000 years ago until disappearing shortly after 40,000 years ago. Less is known about the Denisovans.

    The fact that the only known Denisovan remains come from northern Siberia but that their genetic contribution is seen in people living far away in Melanesia suggests Denisovans had a broad geographic range extending across Asia, Akey said.

    Binghamton University molecular anthropologist D. Andrew Merriwether said the researchers also detected a contribution to people's genome from a fourth, unknown source.

    "So this paints a picture of probably at least four species of hominins (our species and extinct human species) alive at the same time and interbreeding at times over the last 100,000 years. Definitely not something most people supposed before 10 years ago," Merriwether said.

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    They should check out Isaan where dinosaurs still roam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    two teeth from a northern Siberian cave
    Must have been a North American Indian (with a feather)

    Ie. What do you call 32 Chippewas in a tent? A full set of teeth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species
    Any traffic cones found at the scene?...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy
    Any traffic cones found at the scene?...

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    any findings concerning the rumor tha donald drumpf's mother was impregnated by an orangutang ?

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    I'm reading a book called "Saipiens" that I bought in Bangkok recently.

    Very interesting, informative, and well written book.

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    if its bought in Bangkok it's pronounced Saa pee en

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand


    Fella in the background looks like he needs a rest before having another crack.

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    Flash back 10 years, the science was settled we had not interbred with Neanderthals all the scientists said - they even had the 'latest ' dna evidence to prove it ...

    HELLOOOOOO
    global warming nutters

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    Homo sapiens' sex with extinct species was no one-night stand An exhibit shows the life of a neanderthal family in a cave in the new Neanderthal Museum in the northern town of Krapina February 25, 2010. The high-tech, multimedia museum, with exhibitions depicting the evolution from 'Big Bang' to present day, opens on February 27. REUTERS/NIKOLA SOLIC
    Our species, Homo sapiens, has a more adventurous sexual history than previously realized, and all that bed-hopping long ago has left an indelible mark on the human genome.
    Nothing new, really, but it's always interesting to see new developments. First I've heard of the Denisovans in our genetic pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by blue
    Flash back 10 years, the science was settled we had not interbred with Neanderthals all the scientists said - they even had the 'latest ' dna evidence to prove it ...
    HELLOOOOOO
    global warming nutters
    True, the global warming nutters, otherwise known as denialists, could take a cue here. That is that science amends its knowledge as new information comes in, such as improvements in genetic mapping over the last 10 years. Whereas anti-science Neandertals remain mired in myth, legend, fantasy, and religion, hence they remain mired in ignorance.
    Good of you to notice, Bluem but wrong thread.
    The three great strategies for obscuring an issue are to introduce irrelevancies, to arouse prejudice, and to excite ridicule....---Bergen Evans, The Natural History of Nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kurgen
    They should check out Isaan where dinosaurs still roam.
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    ... Neanderthal Museum in the northern town of Krapina
    Krapina - a cross between Korat and Nakhorn Rathchasima perhaps?

    Kurgen's onto something here...

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    It's still happening, especially in Britain, young girls have been copulating with invading Neanderthals for decades, with offspring to prove it.

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