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.