More Evidence of Human Interspecies Hanky Panky

Researchers led by geneticist Sarah Tishkoff from the University of Pennsylvania have sequenced the genomes from three different African ethnic groups. Among other things, they found that humans apparently acquired some genetic sequences from other ancient cousin branches of the human family. As the Washington Post reported:

“Geneticists like euphemisms, but we’re talking about sex,” said Joshua Akey of the University of Washington in Seattle, whose lab identified the mystery DNA in three groups of modern Africans.

Specifically, novel sequences found in the genomes of modern Africans are apparently DNA from a hominin species that diverged from our species' direct line 1.2 million years ago. However, their paleo-great grandchildren evidently enjoyed each other's company sometime around 50,000 years ago. From the Post:

The find offers more evidence that for thousands of years, modern-looking humans shared the Earth with evolutionary cousins that later died out. And whenever the groups met, whether in Africa or Europe, they did what came naturally — they bred. In fact, hominid hanky-panky seems to have occurred wherever humans met others who looked kind of like them — a controversial idea until recently.

In 2010, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany announced finding Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of modern Europeans.

Barrel-chested people whose thick double brows, broad noses and flat faces set them apart from modern humans, Neanderthals disappeared about 25,000 or 30,000 years ago.

Another mysterious group of extinct people recently identified from a 30,000-year-old finger bone in Siberia — known as the Denisovans — also left some of their DNA in modern-day Pacific Islanders.

And while modern humans and the newly found “archaic” Africans might be classified as distinct species, they produced viable offspring.

A study published in PLoS Genetics on July 19 makes estimates of the admixture of genes derived from interbreeding:

Overall, these genomic analyses of admixture suggest that 1%–3% of the genome of all Eurasians and native Amerindians is of Neanderthal origin, and that Papua New Guineans and Australians have another 3.5% of their genome of Denisovan origin.

The newly identified archaic sequences make up about 2.5 percent of the genomes of modern Africans.

Disclosure: My buddy Princeton University biologist Lee Silver has combed through my genotype screening information and could not find any Neanderthal DNA. However, my critics assure me that it's there.

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  • WTF||

    In fact, hominid hanky-panky seems to have occurred wherever humans met others who looked kind of like them — a controversial idea until recently.

    STEVE SMITH explained.

  • R C Dean||

    Its only controversial if you've never been at a bar at closing time.

  • o3||

    who the hell hasnt awakened in shock beside a neanderthal, whale, or sum parrot who keeps squawking?

    the trick is finding just the right food to toss-out the back door so it can follow

  • WTF||

    I wonder what disgusting inter-species liasion spawned orrin?

  • Brett L||

    "Excuse me, Bearfucker... Do you need help?"

  • ||

    WTH is a "sum parrot"?

  • Loki||

    A parrot that can add.

  • SugarFree||

    He meant to write "cum parrot" but he's a retard.

  • JW||

    A friend of mine had a system that was based on time.

    -"What do you think of her?" "She's a 10 PM."
    -????
    -"Think about it, what kind of girl would you take a shot at early the evening and what girl would you try to take home a 3AM?"

  • Tman||

    Well, we already have evidence of cross breeding with the Equus of the Equidae family....see Parker, Sarah Jessica.

  • ||

    See also Parker-Bowles, Camilla. Hmm, must something about those Parkers...

  • Carston||

    Mary-Louise Parker would be the exception.

  • Metazoan||

    I wonder where these sequences actually are (or if they are just a collection of SNPs?). I will be un-lazy and check.

  • Metazoan||

    "we find significant
    associations between height and two SNPs located at 48.7
    Mb and three SNPs located at 87.6 Mb, 330 kb from POU1F1"

    This is what is annoying about mammalian genomics. 330kb away, and it still has significant effect!!!

  • $park¥||

    Yeah! You can say that again...

  • ||

    Evolution is the rampant placement of dicks in holes.

  • o3||

    and creation?

  • JW||

    Waaaaat? ProL's a ginger?

    Just when you think you know someone.

  • Pro Libertate||

    More red in the angry Viking rapine sense.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Disclosure: I was a full blown ginger until puberty. It's since darkened to brown.

  • Brett L||

    Aww, your soul grew in.

  • R C Dean||

    Or, as we males prefer it, his soulsticles dropped.

  • Auric Demonocles||

    Threadwinner.

  • Brett L||

    I agree.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    Maybe there's a Twilight Zone-y explanation for all of this...Perhaps, we're Neanderthals all along.

  • Brandybuck||

    We're all Cylons anyway.

  • Pro Libertate||

    What did Planck have to do with evolutionary anthropology? Was it a hobby? Because he was a theoretical physicist.

  • Caleb Turberville||

    It's a part of a larger research organization called the Max Planck Society.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Sure, everything stems from physics. Except for evolutionary anthropology.

    Isn't there an Einstein medical school out there? WTF?

  • Sidd Finch||

    Sure, everything stems from physics. Except for evolutionary anthropology.

    not true

  • Pro Libertate||

    I don't feel very refuted.

  • Sidd Finch||

    Well, if you concede that genomics is essential to evo anthro these days, prepare to feel refuted.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I concede nothing! I win, I win the Internets!

  • Brett L||

    I think you're looking for this.

  • tarran||

    When I was a freshman majoring in Physics it was explained to me:

    All physics research is about getting babes into the sack. It's just a subtle, slow, non-obvious method of scoring.

  • Brett L||

    All physics research male effort is about getting babes into the sack.

  • JW||

    Does it require the use of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Wingman?

  • o3||

    doesnt he cook meth now?

  • JW||

    The find offers more evidence that for thousands of years, modern-looking humans shared the Earth with evolutionary cousins that later died out. And whenever the groups met, whether in Africa or Europe, they did what came naturally — they bred.

    Clan of the Mack Daddy Bear.

  • ||

    *makes the sign at JW*

  • ||

    If their DNA is still around, they didn't "die out".

  • Brett L||

    Neanderthals, the scooters of pre-history.

  • T||

    Proving the 'two tits, a hole, and a heartbeat' philosophy has been around forever.

  • $park¥||

    Ug put hide over head and make fuck for glory.

  • AlmightyJB||

    It's all pink in the middle.

  • SIV||

    You're assuming all those Denisovan and Neanderthal babes were ugly. All those Early Modern Human chicks didn't exactly look like Raquel Welch and Daryl Hannah.

  • CE||

    And you're assuming it was the modern human guys picking up the Neanderthal chicks.

  • Your Old TV||

    Probably not, according to this guy:
    http://www.themandus.org/

  • ||

    Great, now we get racists debating whose non-human hominid ancestors were more intelligent.

  • ||

    One of the reasons I stopped hanging out at Mises.org was the fact that a disturbingly large number of them seem to subscribe to the "the closer to the equator your race is from the stupider you are" science. It was casually accepted in quite a few comment threads that since whites developed common-law free markets and conquered the globe that ipso facto we were the superior species.

  • CE||

    Just tell them we're all African-Americans, and you don't have to go back very far.

  • Sidd Finch||

    TFA fail

  • IceTrey||

    I hear that New Zealanders have 1% sheep DNA.

  • Brett L||

    That's a slanderous lie! Their sheep are just full of human DNA, though. IYKWIMAITYD.

  • Suki||

    At last, the origin of the Keynesian is explained.

  • Bee Tagger||

    Barrel-chested people whose thick double brows, broad noses and flat faces set them apart from modern humans

    But I've said enough about Hungarians, let's get back to discussing Neanderthals.

  • R C Dean||

    These "double brows", are those like one unibrow above the other?

    I have a separate eyebrow above each eye, does that mean I have "double brows"?

  • Bee Tagger||

    Is that the coveted Double Rainbrow?

    Sorry about that.

  • ant1sthenes||

    If they were capable of interbreeding with humans and are distinguished mainly on the basis of appearance, what exactly makes them an extinct species, as opposed to an extinct race or ethnicity?

  • ||

    Linnaean taxonomy leads to all sorts of classification problems with life's bushy tree. For a good time, use cladistics instead.

  • R C Dean||

    For a good time, use cladistics instead.

    A creed apparently followed by our ancestors.

  • Your Old TV||

    Discussing one of them gets you into trouble at cocktail parties, the other one doesn't.

  • Loki||

    And while modern humans and the newly found “archaic” Africans might be classified as distinct species, they produced viable offspring.

    It's been a while since I took biology, but doesn't the fact that they produced viable offspring make them technically the same species?

    Also, this is just scientific proof that some people will literally fuck anything that walks on 2 legs.

  • NeonCat||

    Ostriches?

  • Sevo||

    Loki|7.27.12 @ 2:22PM|#
    "Also, this is just scientific proof that some people will literally fuck anything that walks on 2 legs."

    I was told that in Montana, men are men and sheep are scared.

  • R C Dean||

    Dunno about the rest of you, but when I see "Disclosure" at the end of a post on "Inter-species Hanky Panky", I get a little nervous.

  • Loki||

    "Inter-species erotica, fucko!"

  • Mr. FIFY||

    James Carville: More Evidence of Human Interspecies Hanky Panky

    Sub-thread?

  • ||

    And while modern humans and the newly found “archaic” Africans might be classified as distinct species, they produced viable offspring.

    If two individuals can produce viable offspring that can reproduce, they are both from the same species. That's the definition of the dividing line between species.

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