Call Him George



One thing leads to another.

I hear that Rasmus Nielsen (speaking at SMBE 2014) has evidence that Tibetans picked up some of their altitude adaptation (EPAS1) from Denisovans.

Who could have imagined that?

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14 Responses to Call Him George

  1. SpaghetiMeatball says:

    So all those stories about yetis up in the mountains….


  2. ad5mqesj says:

    Obviously “no one” could have imagined that. “We” all “know” that ancient pre-humans couldn’t have bred with modern humans….. 🙂

  3. dave chamberlin says:

    Very nice prediction on your part. These breaking science news stories make coming here fun.

  4. So clear that even a psychologist can understand it.

  5. bumface says:

    Can they tell when Tibetans picked up these genes? This would tell us how recently Denisovans lived until.

    • Sandgroper says:

      30,000 years?

      • dave chamberlin says:

        We need more Denisovan bones with preserved DNA. They are out there. Huge swaths of Asia haven’t had nearly the scrutiny that the limestone caves of Europe have had searching for evidence of Neanderthals.

      • bumface says:

        It’s probably something like that but wouldn’t it be exciting if it was much more recent? Just imagine they were still living up in the mountains when people starting using agriculture. Wow!

    • Greying Wanderer says:

      and if not 100% Yeti how recently there were 50% or 25% or 15% Yeti who might have been close enough to the same phenotype to create the legend?

  6. George says:

    Off topic, but can someone ungate the McGrath paper “A Comprehensive Assessment of Parental Age and Psychiatric Disorders” from the March issue of JAMA Psychiatry?

  7. Bones and Behaviours says:

    I winder how the Longlin-Maludong hominins might fit into this. Though their ‘otherness’ from us has been exaggerated its still clear they’re outside of modern human diversity.

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