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Modern Humans Had Sex With Denisovan Cousins Too, Not Just Neanderthals

15 March 2018 - 21:55

It is by now a well-established (but not so well-known) fact that us modern humans, Homo sapiens, spent a lot of time in much the same places that Neanderthals were in, and that the two human species not only intermingled but also interbred. It turns out that modern humans also produced babies with another archaic human species, the Denisovans, at least twice in history.

The existence of Denisovans was announced in 2010, when scientists said that bones fragments found in the Denisova cave in Russia’s Siberia was not from Homo sapiens or Homo neanderthalensis, even though both the species had been known to have inhabited the cave.

In a paper published Thursday in the journal Cell, researchers explained they found “two distinct episodes of Denisovan genetic intermixing, or admixing, between” Homo sapiens and Denisovans, who are sometimes classified as a subspecies of modern humans.

Researchers from the University of Washington, Seattle, arrived at this conclusion by comparing the whole genome sequences of modern humans against our Denisovan ancestors. They chose populations from present-day East Asia and Oceania regions to make the comparison, since those populations have Denisovan genes.

“What was known already was that Oceanian individuals, notably Papuan individuals, have significant amounts of Denisovan ancestry. The genomes of modern Papuan individuals contain approximately 5 percent Denisovan ancestry,” Sharon Browning from the university and senior author of the study, said in a statement Thursday.

The presence of Denisovan genomes in other parts of Asia was attributed to migration from Oceania......


This graphic below illustrates the DNA migration.

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Long before DNA was easily examined, I'd often thought, that the genetics of modern humans was a mixed bag.

I've seen Scottish Rugby players, that but for their white skin and red hair, could have been family members of Papuan and Fijian blokes I've met.

Westerners Accused Of ‘Singing And Dancing Pornographically’ Could Face A Year In Cambo...

29 January 2018 - 01:17

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Five Britons are among a group of 10 foreigners arrested in Cambodia for “singing and dancing pornographically”, after a raid on a party in Siem Reap near the tourist destination of Angkor Wat.

They face up to a year in prison and could spend six months in detention before the case goes to court, according to reports.

Cambodian police released images online that appeared to show clothed and laughing tourists imitating sexual positions.

Police later posted a group shot of the 10 defendants, but several people in the original images do not appear to be among those arrested, one of the group told the Press Association under condition of anonymity.

They said they did not understand why they were being held, adding that they saw one of the arrested men vomiting in shock.

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Images of tourists released by Cambodian police. Photograph: Cambodia police/AP

“Honestly, it was really confusing. Everyone was confused. They raided, rounded us up – there were about 80 to 100 people at this party. Some of them were tourists. There were about 30 of them [police officers],” the prisoner said.

They said the group believed police were cracking down on foreign tourists and expats wearing bikinis in public, and expat-run pub crawls in Siem Reap.

“We’re innocent,” said the prisoner. “We don’t know why we’ve been arrested, we’re getting different stories from different people.”

They said their families were “worried sick”, adding: “Our parents are doing what they can. It’s really just trying to keep a good vibe until we know the outcome.”

The group said they had been sleeping on the floor of an office at a police station in Siem Reap for several days and stressed that they had been treated well, saying officers were friendly and had brought them pizza.

The arrested individuals confirmed their identities. They include five British men: Vincent Harley Robert Hook, 35, Daniel Richard Leeming Jones, 30, Thomas Alexander Jeffries, 22, Billy Stevens, 21, and Paul Francis Harris, 32.

Job Robertus van der Wel, from the Netherlands, 22, the Canadians Jessica Drolet, 25, of Ottawa, and Eden Koazoleas, 19, of Alberta, were also arrested, along with David Nikolaus Aleksandr Ballovarre, 22, of Oslo, Norway, and Paul Martin Brasch, 32, of New Zealand.

An official Cambodian police statement referenced pornography and dancing in publicising the arrests. Ten suspects had been charged following an investigation by the office combating human trafficking and protection of juveniles, it stated.

Samrith Sokhon, a prosecutor at the court in Siem Reap, said the 10 suspects were being charged with producing “pornographic pictures and materials”, which can carry a sentence of up to 12 months.

Duong Thavry, the head of the anti-human trafficking and juvenile protection department in Siem Reap, said: “We cracked down on them because they committed activities that are against our culture.”

Some of those arrested lived in Cambodia and others were tourists who had been in the country for several months. Officials said dozens more tourists had been released.

The UK Foreign Office said it was in contact with the British nationals arrested in Cambodia. “We are assisting five British men arrested in Cambodia and are providing support to their families,” it said in a statement.

In recent years, authorities in Cambodia have clamped down on visitors posting revealing images of themselves at temple sites. Tourists showing cleavage or wearing skimpy clothes have been banned from the Angkor temple complex since August 2016.

In 2015, several tourists were arrested for taking naked photographs at the complex. They received suspended sentences and were expelled from Cambodia.


I blame the Kiwi bloke, he must have led the others on, 'cause thats all we do down here, grab women's tits and dance pornographically...


28 January 2018 - 05:47

30 years ago on January 26, my grandfather Burnum Burnum planted the Aboriginal flag in England to claim it like they did to us.

He had his own declaration too. It outraged so many people. It was great!

Zachary (@ZedAyySeeKay)

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Who Will Replace All The Boss Men?

27 January 2018 - 20:43

Subsequent to and continuing with, the deluge à la Weinstein, the #metoo movement and others, are causing Men in their droves, to leave or be removed from their positions, due to sexual misbehaviour, harassment or misconduct.

This is in most case, a good thing. Though there are instances of apparent wrongful accusation, like Garrison Keillor

My thought is, who is gonna replace these Men?

In an equal world, one would hope that Women would figure in about 50% of the replacements.

But I reckon that the tribal nature of these rich and powerful folk, will result in the positions being passed on the the next bloke on the team.

Whether or not this is a good thing, only time will tell.

Certainly the prospect of replacing the head of a large organisation with a Hilary, or a Trump, should mortify anyone with even a modicum, of thought process.

Cost Of Living Bangkok

27 January 2018 - 20:18

I just came across this interesting page that lists costs in Bangkok for the living there, you know...


a sample


  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 60.00 ฿   .
  • Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 800.00 ฿   .
  • McMeal at McDonalds (or Equivalent Combo Meal) 160.96 ฿   .
  • Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 70.00 ฿   .
  • Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 130.00 ฿   .
  • Cappuccino (regular) 71.71 ฿   .
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 18.11 ฿   .
  • Water (0.33 liter bottle) 9.83 ฿   .