Psst! Wanna Have Sex?

I remember back in my younger days there were many that would say that I would have sex with a snake if someone would hold it still……thankfully I out grew my younger self….

That brings my to a study that I read in the field of anthropology about our distant ancestors….the Neds and the Cro-Mags….

Ancient humans weren’t against knocking boots with other species: We know they had sex with Neanderthals. We also know they mated with the mysterious Denisovans, as some Australasians (those from Papua New Guinea in particular) have 5% Denisovan DNA. But a “breakthrough” study shows the interbreeding wasn’t limited to those two instances. While looking for ancient DNA in the genomes of 5,600 living humans, a team at the University of Washington in Seattle came across evidence of a third interbreeding event, reports New Scientist. A smaller contribution of Denisovan DNA in Han Chinese, Chinese Dai, and Japanese people—about 0.2% of their genome—suggests humans mixed with a distinct population of Denisovans in not one but two locations: Indonesia or Australasia and East Asia.

Though the only four Denisovan fossils that have been found come from the same cave in Siberia, the research published in the journal Cell shows Denisovans were spread across Asia and “suggests that at least in some instances, Denisovans and modern humans were willing to live in proximity and interact,” lead author Sharon Browning says. Her research also backs the theory that there was a single “wave” of interbreeding between humans and one population of Neanderthals, reports the Atlantic. But Browning couldn’t link other ancient DNA found in living humans to Neanderthals or Denisovans, suggesting humans may have mated with hominins we haven’t even discovered yet. Harvard geneticist David Reich, who was not involved in the research, says the finding of “a definite third interbreeding event” makes this “a breakthrough paper,” per the Washington Post. (Here’s how a bit of cave dirt changed archaeology.)

Enjoy your day for I will…be well, be safe….chuq


Vietnam War

Morning my friends….it is a Saturday and I wish you all a great weekend….

Most my regulars know that I am a combat vet of the Vietnam War….that war has more misinformation about it than some of our other wars….and many veterans who like history see that there is a wealth of misinformation

There is now a new magazine that covers our history…..

The new Vietnam Veterans for Factual History is a resource designed to address a concern by its creators and associated blog readers that many history books and teachers are presenting a fraudulent picture of what was done and accomplished in Vietnam.

It would be a mistake to think of this magazine as just a place to air complaints and reminisce about Vietnam. Most of the members are Vietnam veterans, which is unusual today for any magazine to have so many with a shared unique background and who can “talk the talk because they walked the walk.” But this magazine offers more with academics and “Indochina veterans with special expertise in various aspects of the war,” too. Most have written books and articles on Vietnam subjects, as well. Vietnamese-Americans are also members and present a side of Vietnam that is usually overlooked or deliberately ignored. Members’ books can be identified throughout the magazine.

Vietnam Veterans for Factual History

If you are a student of history then I suggest that you bookmark this site…..I feel it well be well worth your time…..

Good Day my friends……chuq