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Anyone want to be a real paleo momma?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

http://news.discovery.com/human/evolution/surrogate-mother-wanted-neanderthal-baby-130122.htm

Maybe this might be going a little far down the rabbit hole. Would you do it?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on January 23, 2013
at 03:48 AM

All Europeans have some Neanderthal in them - but just a little. No, it won't be possible for him to mate - too different species.

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 22, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Who says it would have no mate? A Neanderthal wouldn't necessarily be immediately recognizable as non-Homo-Sapiens, and many of us have some Neanderthal DNA, so we know that cross-breeding is something that has already happened.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

My thoughts exactly. It would have no mate, and it's not like we'd be breeding some dumb animal like a snake or rat. This a human being with thoughts, feelings, and cognition!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

My thoughts exactly. It would have no mate, and it's not like we'd be breeding some dumb animal like a snake or rat. This a human being!

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 23, 2013
at 12:06 AM

Ha! As usual, the Internet has perverted another scholar's entirely reasonable statements into a fantastic, enquirer-esque headline: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2013/01/harvard_professor_blasts_neanderthal_clone_baby_rumor_web

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F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:40 PM

This is so unethical. To create an (almost) human being for the sake of science? How about that professor cloning his own children for science ... come to think of it, I think he actually will.

Has anyone thought about this poor creature's life? Always in the spotlight. Everybody staring at him. Not being able to find "his own kin". This sounds sadistic - to say the least. I thought the experiments on (almost) humans are the things of the past?

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on January 23, 2013
at 03:48 AM

All Europeans have some Neanderthal in them - but just a little. No, it won't be possible for him to mate - too different species.

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

My thoughts exactly. It would have no mate, and it's not like we'd be breeding some dumb animal like a snake or rat. This a human being with thoughts, feelings, and cognition!

1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

(11157)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:47 PM

My thoughts exactly. It would have no mate, and it's not like we'd be breeding some dumb animal like a snake or rat. This a human being!

532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 22, 2013
at 10:42 PM

Who says it would have no mate? A Neanderthal wouldn't necessarily be immediately recognizable as non-Homo-Sapiens, and many of us have some Neanderthal DNA, so we know that cross-breeding is something that has already happened.

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532cfd279d793e8fcc23b9f6d91dde5c

(1981)

on January 22, 2013
at 07:19 PM

I saw this, and I kinda thought about it. It would be an honour to make that kind of contribution to science.

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