Who said only Humans are Human?

Some things just bring smiles to your heart – this is one of them in my book

Some things just bring smiles to your heart – this is one of them in my book



  And you say I am all thumbs!

And thats the Line up at the Top of the In Bowling!

Definitely not an Irish Setter!  Maybe an Irish Planter, or a Potato Dog?

Laying down the Law for those with Weak Knees

Whatcha looking at Ralph? Was it a Rabbit?

Brawny, its Cat Tuff!  This Cat is Packing a TriBarrel, so watch where you put that pointy roll holder.

Things are looking up!

Massage Therapy, for when you can’t tell your spinal problems apart from a Bump on a Log!

She will spoil him Kanga Rotten!

Why didn’t you tell me about Global Warming?!  I didn’t see the 99% of that Iceburg that was under the water when I dove in head first!  Someone Get me an Ice Pack! One big enough to float my poor little head on.

Lambentations, Woolen gLoom 4pair and Aaaggooony on me!  Baaa Haw, the gangs all here, Ewe all come back for Sheer!

Who needs Spotted Owls, I spotted you, you Spotted me, We Spotted Together, Fowl Friends Forever.

Silly Bear! You always get all the good will clothing, and you are an Organ Donor Chew Toy!

It is truly almost to big a Burden to Bear!

Hugs go a long way!

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be.. It’s the way it is..

The way we cope with it, is what makes the difference “

Got to love them lovable animals!

Who said only Humans are Human?

It wasn’t me! But I did put on the captions all by my self!

Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”


Now for are Humans Human or Animals?


October 31, 2011 4:22 PM

Human ancestors mated with more than Neanderthals

Stephanie Pappas

A molar tooth belonging to a Denisovan, thought to be a new branch of ancient humans. (Nature.,David Reich et al.)

(Livescience.com)Neanderthals weren’t the only ancient cousins that humans frequently mated with, according to a new study that finds that East Asian populations share genes with a mysterious archaic hominin species that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago.

This group, the Denisovans, is known only by a few bone fragments: A finger bone, a tooth and possibly a toe bone, which is still undergoing analysis. The Denisovans likely split off from the Neanderthal branch of the hominin family tree about 300,000 years ago, but little else is known about their appearance, behavior or dress. But just as researchers have learned that ancienthumans and Neanderthals mated, they’ve also found genetic echoes of the Denisovans in modern residents of Pacific islands, including New Guinea and the Philippines.

The new research expands the Denisovan genetic influence, uncovering Denisovan genes in modern East Asian populations. The genetic signal is less strong than it is in the Oceanic islands such as the Philippines, said study researcher Mattias Jakobsson, a professor of evolutionary biology at Uppsala University in Sweden. On the Asian mainland, the genetic similarities to Denisovans are strongest in southern China and Southeast Asia.

“We are actually finding gene flow in Southeast Asia,” Jakobsson told LiveScience. “So it’s not restricted to the Oceanian parts of the world.”

Jakobsson and his colleagues first ran complex computer simulations of genetic data to understand how the limited gene information collected in population genetics research, which includes just segments of DNA, might be biased. With that understanding, the group then examined genetic data from more than 1,500 modern humans from all over the world.

Comparing that modern data with the Denisovan genome revealed that Asians, especially Southeast Asians, have a higher proportion of Denisovan-related gene variants than other world populations except for the Oceanic islanders. While Oceanians have about a 5 percent fraction of Denisovan-related ancestry, Southeast Asians have around 1 percent, the researchers report today (Oct. 31) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In comparison, genes from modern non-African humans have about a 2.5 percent fraction of Neanderthal ancestry.

It’s hard to tell when the Denisovan and human interbreeding occurred, Jakobsson said, but since Europeans don’t have Denisovan ancestry, it’s likely the mating occurred around 23,000 to 45,000 years ago, after Southeast Asians and European populations diverged.

Jakobsson and his colleagues are working on further studies on early human genetics and the steps that led to the modern human genome. The more digging scientists do, the more complex the genetic picture becomes, he said. Notably, bits of genes are almost all that are left behind of some ancient populations, including the Denisovans, he said.

“We don’t really know what they looked like, how they behaved or anything like that,” Jakobsson said. “It’s really genetics that gives us an edge here.”

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Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”