To best understand this post, you might need a little anthropology background on human prehistory (before written history) if you don’t already know it well. The award winning set of videos below are about as good, simple and complete a picture on human evolution as I’ve ever seen. If you have the time, I would highly recommend you watch them because I think this knowledge of our past is interesting and beneficial to help us all better understand how we came to be who we are today. I’ll refrain from taking shots at Creationists who are being phased out by evolution as people get more aware and intelligent. 😉
Basic story if you don’t have time to watch is that there were three major groups of “humanoids” in prehistory. They were the homo sapiens (who we are today), the homo erectus and the neanderthals. They migrated, intermingled and interbreeded, migrated further. From that, their genes were intermixed. Over the millennia, homo sapiens survived, but we carried the genes of the other two species that are extinct, but which’s DNA have not been completely eliminated from our DNA. It is from this story that we all carry some neanderthal DNA.
My genome is estimated to have 2.8% of neanderthal origins. It is in the 36th percentile among Asians so I have less than most Asians tested so far. I’m not sure of the full range possible, but the T-shirts sold as shown seem to range from 0% to 4%. I swear, though, I’ve met some guys over the years who have seemed a LOT more neanderthal than 4% , lol.
Looking at myself in the mirror as to where this 2.8% reside, I have concluded that it’s in my pouty lips. Yeah, that’s it. I swear! 🙂