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Neanderthals R (Some of) Us

The jury of scientists has finally come to a conclusion: YES, we are part Neanderthal (meaning our ancestors interbred with them many thousands of years ago) BUT not ALL of us are--only white folks.

Some of the human X chromosome originates from Neanderthals and is found exclusively in people outside Africa, according to an international team of researchers led by pediatrician Damian Labuda, who says, "This confirms recent findings suggesting that the two populations interbred." His team places the timing of such intimate contacts and/or family ties early on, probably at the crossroads of the Middle East, meaning that many of us are hybrids!

Neanderthals, whose ancestors left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago, evolved in what is now mainly France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and are thought to have lived until about 30,000 years ago. Meanwhile, early modern humans left Africa about 80,000 to 50,000 years ago. The question on everyone’s mind has always been whether the physically stronger Neanderthals, who possessed the gene for language and may have played the flute, were a separate species or could have interbred with modern humans. The answer is yes, the two lived in close association.

Labuda thinks these exchanges may have contributed to our success across the world. He says, "Variability is very important for long-term survival of a species. Every addition to the genome can be enriching."

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This brings up a fascinating discussion of race and hidden history. To find out the views of the people who are not for general spiritual development, find the book "Nos: Book of the Resurrection" by Chilean Nazi Esotericist Miguel Serrano. It's available through used book searches, although expensive. Serrano links race to beings from off planet, echoing the opinion of pre-Nazi racist esotericists in Germany.

There has been enough genetic intermixing, for various reasons, in places like the United States such that I'm unsure if it is fair to say that it is only white folks who would have these genes. In any case, I would hate to see the presence, in some, of genes from people we now know to have had some good qualities to become an excuse for a revival of racist ideologies. That would be an ironic and sad turn of events.

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