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Non-Africans found to be part Neanderthal; what does that mean for certain genomes nutritionally?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 18, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Non-Africans Are Part Neanderthal, Genetic Research Shows

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/07/110718085329.htm

In light of these findings, is there anything that we can extrapolate about the nutritional needs (such as macronutrient ratios) between folks whose genome likely includes Neanderthal DNA and those who whose genomes do not?

Did Neanderthals' migration north to a colder climate with less tropical fruit "400,000-800,000 years ago" have any significant impact on the way that people of Neanderthal extraction should eat?

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

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on October 30, 2011
at 04:24 AM

I vote for the evil space lizards. Outside agitators!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 24, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Extinction of H.S.S. is simply a matter of time. And thanks for messing with me! I think you have it about right. I wonder if they went extinct due a lack of metabolic flexability. Or maybe we just killed them off.

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19235)

on July 18, 2011
at 11:33 PM

No one has mentioned the Denisovans yet...

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

BTW - I'm just messing with you. I thought your post was funny

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 18, 2011
at 10:22 PM

So is this your reasoning - 1) Neanderthals were largely carnivorous. 2) There is evidence that Non Africans descended from Neanderthals. 3) I am non African, 4) Therefore I should eat more meat....You left out the part where Neanderthals went extinct :-)

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0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:05 PM

Some non-African populations, sometimes mentioned here, with quite varying traditional diets include:

  • Okinawans

  • Chinese

  • Kitavans

  • Inuit

  • Plains Indians

  • Italians

  • French

  • Australian aborigines

If all these populations are equally decended from Neandertals then I personally doubt that this fact has much relavence when deciding what to eat.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 18, 2011
at 09:42 PM

'african' or 'neanderthal' - it would take a hu-u-ge leap of logic to assume that either has much genetical tolerance to snickers bars or oreo cookies

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[snickers/oreos in combination with cold milk make a really devious neolethal trifecta]

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A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 18, 2011
at 07:44 PM

Eat. More. Meat.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 18, 2011
at 10:23 PM

BTW - I'm just messing with you. I thought your post was funny

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 18, 2011
at 10:22 PM

So is this your reasoning - 1) Neanderthals were largely carnivorous. 2) There is evidence that Non Africans descended from Neanderthals. 3) I am non African, 4) Therefore I should eat more meat....You left out the part where Neanderthals went extinct :-)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on July 24, 2011
at 07:09 PM

Extinction of H.S.S. is simply a matter of time. And thanks for messing with me! I think you have it about right. I wonder if they went extinct due a lack of metabolic flexability. Or maybe we just killed them off.

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Ffc7e0ecad8e8831b528c5d4921377cc

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on July 18, 2011
at 11:21 PM

Only 1 and 4 percent of the genomes of non-Africans is derived from Neanderthals. ". . . there is no evidence that anything genetically important came over from Neanderthals." Reference So the short answer is "no."

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543ae0f06cde1a20a280ce3bdbc6a3de

on October 29, 2011
at 09:46 PM

I would think 1 to 4 percent Neanderthal in most Modern Human DNA would be enough to make some differences since we don't know what the vast majority of the human genome does specifically.

Since the overall difference between the chimpanzee and Human genome is only about 3 percent in total and seeing as how just minute differences of a percent in the human genome give us the visible differences in eye, hair and skin color, height, skeletal formation and also, ability to taste different substances and food and chemical intolerances among people of different regions I would imagine that some of the things we consider human already are actually Neanderthal in origin in some of the population.

One interesting thing is that people have the most variation in visible traits alone, amongst themselves and Sub-Saharan Africans, in areas where we interacted with neanderthals the longest i.e.- Southern Europe and the Middle East. I've heard some suggest that red hair and green eyes come from Neanderthals but then I also heard it comes from evil space lizards doing nasty chemistry with the Sumerians.

I suspect the question of What made us human as a whole will never be fully answered without the time machines of evil space lizards and a full blooded Sumerian that can use the technology.

499f188c87c6980742b9ba98caa6f563

(683)

on October 30, 2011
at 04:24 AM

I vote for the evil space lizards. Outside agitators!

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