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A new twist for geneologists
Posted by: McQ on Monday, December 29, 2008

Are you of European descent?

Do you have blood type "O"?

Ginger or red hair?


An aversion to GEICO?

You might have to revise that family tree then (below the fold)
Neanderthals living in Europe were fair skinned, freckled and had ginger hair, a study has revealed.


In a major breakthrough, Spanish scientists have discovered the blood group and two other genes of the early humans who lived 43,000 ago.

After analysing the fossil bones found in a cave in north-west Spain, the experts concluded they had human blood group "O" and were genetically more likely to be fair skinned, perhaps even with freckles, have red or ginger hair and could talk.
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Ginger or red hair?
Bah. Who cares... All you need know is that Gingers are devoid of souls.

True story. :)
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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you know the nickname Ginger is just another example of silly Brits. Ginger is not red, it is blond. Cinnamon is actually closer to the color of a redhead. Brits can’t tell one spice from another.
Written By: kyleN

That looks like one of my uncles! Before electrolysis! Before Obama!
Written By: James Marsden
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The technician responsible for handling the dna specimens wouldn’t have happened to be a fair skin red head with freckles?
Written By: jpm100
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The analysis also said that the genes predate the separation between humans and Neanderthals, so it doesn’t mean current humans have any Neanderthal bloodlines.
Written By: JWG
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"The analysis also said that the genes predate the separation between humans and Neanderthals, so it doesn’t mean current humans have any Neanderthal bloodlines."

Except for conservatives, of course.
Written By: timactual
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Well, I do have an aversion to GEICO, because any company that starts with the word "government" raises my hackles. But not the others, except for partial European descent.

So now I have something to throw back when a leftist calls me a Neanderthal. Especially one with red hair and freckles.

Seriously, though, for anyone interested in the ultimate fate of the Neanderthals, I recommend the excellent book Before the Dawn. It covers many, many areas of development for early humans by analyzing genetic evidence. According to the best information currently available, it appears that the displacement of the Neanderthals from Europe took 15,000 years, but it also appears that there was little or no interbreeding with modern humans.
Written By: Billy Hollis
Looks like Mel Brooks.
Written By: Grimshaw
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