4% Neanderthal….how cool is that?!

While I’ve always told my husband that he should consider me exotic, I don’t think that he has actually felt that I am.  We have more or less the same ancestry.  We are both about 1/2 Irish or Scots/Irish.  I’m also English/German, but I identify myself as Irish-American.  I think he’s English/English.  Fairly typical for a lot of people in the US.  But imagine my glee upon reading that Europeans have 1-4% Neatherthal DNA….I mean, really, that’s Exotic with a capital E.

The only disappointment is that by definition, my husband also has 1-4% Neanderthal DNA.   Which makes me tied for uniqueness in this relationship. And speaking of disappointment, I was really disappointed that I am not related to Genghis Khan (at least I don’t think so).  Genghis Khan and his male lineage have been prolific.  But, sadly, only in Asia.  Which let’s me out.  So I have to settle for being part Neanderthal sans Genghis Khanish.

But, scientifically, what does this really mean?  I’m guessing this is why I suck at making fires.  Neanderthals didn’t disappear because they were good at fire-building.  And it probably means that as a language teacher, I didn’t get my linguistic genes from my Neanderthal ancestors.  Although perhaps the “huh” I like saying is a recessive genetically-caused sound.  Either that or it means I don’t have as good a vocabulary as I think I do.  But at least someone up the genetic line from me survived against all odds.

My #1 trait?  Survival of the Exoticist.

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7 Responses to 4% Neanderthal….how cool is that?!

  1. Glazed says:

    I guess it’s pretty cool, as long as your husband doesn’t drag you around by your hair, with a club in his hand.

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  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    I suppose it’s all right to have four percent Neanderthal genes, since it seems rather unlikely they’re going to be demanding the genes back anytime soon.

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  3. Julie Phelps says:

    OMG. This makes me want to do the DNA test. I wonder if you can put 4% Neanderthal on a resume? And it sucks that you are BOTH exactly the same amount of Neanderthal. I think that would be fodder for FUN for the REST OF MY LIFE! I didn’t even know that being a percentage Neanderthal was possible! I am SO jealous of you right now.

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    • Barb Knowles says:

      I’m rather obsessed with the idea of being part Neanderthal, but it isn’t unique. I don’t have the articles right in front of me to site, but all humans on earth, we the exception of Sub-Saharan Africans have 1%-4% Neanderthal DNA. Said African groups did not migrate north and around to Europe. Everyone else did. So cool. I’m just hoping my husband only has 3% and I have 4%. We’re both of European ancestry, so who knows. Way cool though, lol. Thank you for reading my blog!!


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