Professor Dr. Antony P. Mueller
-- Ubi dubium, ibi libertas --
segunda-feira, 28 de novembro de 2016
As consequencias de amar os Neanderthals
Paying a heavy price for loving the Neanderthals
One of the biggest surprises about our evolution revealed over just the last decade is the extent to which our ancestors engaged in amorous congress with the evolutionary cousins. Bonking the Neanderthals, it seems, was a bit of a pastime for the distant relatives. It happened many times in Siberia, East Asia, the Middle East and Europe, and across a long period between 100,000 and 40,000 years ago. In reality, we have no idea of course exactly how many times it occurred, nor the circumstances in which it happened. Who instigated it, us or them? Was it consensual? Did they pair for life? Or was it a casual fling? Now, the consequences of interbreeding for us today are becoming all too clear from ...