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I did the 23andMe DNA test and it mostly confirmed stuff I knew, because my family had kept good records going back to people who came to the US from England in the 1600s. But the big (and fun) surprise was that my quantity of Neanderthal DNA markers is in the top 2% of all people tested.

I am totally using this as an excuse to go to the mountains any time I want. It's in my nature... have to get back to my roots... a cave-man has to build a fire... etc.

On the intellectual side. I find it fascinating that my body contains evidence of interbreeding of two human species 40,000 years ago - which is one of the more important scientific findings in recent years (at least in the field of human evolution).

Have any of you done a DNA test and did you learn anything surprising?

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It seems entirely plausible the Neanderthal gene may be over represented in the Moto Guzzi population . . .  :whistle::mg:

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 DNA testing is interesting. We've done it for all our (mutts) dogs. Already knowing 3 - 400 years of my "analog" ancestry, I hadn't considered it for myself.

Going back 40+k years ... might explain a few   :rolleyes:    things though

It was $70 for a dog, how much for a cave man?

(I had thought of sending my own dna in - as a dog - just for kicks)

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Sooo, Tim, does Sir sport a monobrow?  Or does Sir wax, or strategically shave...?

inquiring minds...

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Pete can spot a Neanderthal from half a world away, no DNA necessary.  Pretty sure he spotted me by the knuckle-dragging . . .  :luigi:

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The original view of Neanderthals was that they were inferior to homo sapiens, but of course, that idea was created by homo sapiens. Neaderthals actually had larger brains (along with stockier builds) than homo sapiens. 

The DNA report  indicated that my two strongest Neanderthal genetic markers show that I have LESS back hair than most people, and that I am less likely to sneeze after eating dark chocolate. Both true. I am not particularly hirsute, nor I do ever recall sneezing after eating dark chocolate - didn't even know that was a "thing,"

Despite the research and emerging story that Neanderthals were skilled, social humans who were in many ways the equal of Homo Sapiens, I am still using it as an excuse to go to the snowy mountains as much as possible.

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'splains why I've been trolling for homo sapiens chicks all along.  :grin:

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I learned entirely more than I wanted.. :oldgit:or expected.

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3% Neanderthal here.  Always figured that's why very few helmets fit my head.

 

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