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What makes us different to Neanderthals ?


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 01:43 PM

Scientists have come up with a list of the genes that distinguish us from our prehistoric cousins.

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Humans may be the dominant species on the planet today, but thousands of years ago our ancestors shared the Earth with the Neanderthals, a species very similar to modern humans but that would ultimately die out despite being very close to us both physically and intellectually.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 04:13 PM

The Neanderthal face reconstruction looks like a cross between Robert Di Niro and Gerard Depardieu - with a bit more hair, of course!

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 04:23 PM

These genetic exchanges were likely a positive event in evolutionary history as there was likely a high degree of parental consanguinity, or inbreeding, and subsequently higher prevalence of mental retardation and metabolic defects in the smaller more isolated tribes.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 05:18 PM

HUH! I have met many a Neanderthal man in my time!
Ok the features may have changed, but inside they are still wearing the same  genes.

In an ideal World a law would be passed were NO guns were allowed and all those out there destroyed, trouble is the law makers are not going to take a risk of trying to pass that without making sure they are armed first.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 06:56 PM

Looks pretty normal to me, a rugged he-man type.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 07:51 PM

Probably an adaptation to Ice-Age conditions, mostly.

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Posted 20 December 2013 - 08:09 PM

View Postfreetoroam, on 20 December 2013 - 05:18 PM, said:

HUH! I have met many a Neanderthal man in my time!
Ok the features may have changed, but inside they are still wearing the same  genes.

I hear some are doing quite well in Congress.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:15 PM

View PostSundew, on 20 December 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:

I hear some are doing quite well in Congress.
By their own account.


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Posted 20 December 2013 - 11:27 PM

View PostSundew, on 20 December 2013 - 08:09 PM, said:



I hear some are doing quite well in Congress.
Don't insult Neanderthals so.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.
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Posted 21 December 2013 - 01:06 AM

View PostShadowSot, on 20 December 2013 - 11:27 PM, said:

Don't insult Neanderthals so.

My bad.


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Posted 21 December 2013 - 02:03 AM

Go to a grocery store on the 1st of the month and try to tell me that Neanderthals went extinct...





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