Category: Romance



“What does a Rubber Band, a Broken Thing, to many Blue Hawaiian’s, and a Single Crutch, all have in Common?”
I’m now Glad you Asked!
But You, You may not be so Glad, before this tale of Sad Twisted Heartstring-Wrenching Tear-Drenching reaches its four or five gone gong show concussion conclusion, supporting no Unknown Comic’s paper bag anonymity, ripping and rending the tender veneer of civility from the once smiling now snarling caricature of a fellow Cougar of Stephenson 7th South as he swung and I jumped and twisted and landed with a loud pop as my left knee gave way and I started screaming!
He said “Get back up and stop screaming! I haven’t hit you yet!”
Turned out I had torn cartilage, and would have to have surgery. Only day open and soon was the day after I had a hot date scheduled, and she didn’t want to take my being on crutches as an excuse for not going over to Moscow.
I somehow managed to use one of the crutches to shift gears on my beat up Thing, and got to her place, and she offered to drive. Great! I could drink more!
About half way there something went thunk, then all the hamsters and gerbils in the transmission started screaming and tearing chunks out of the floor boards.
Forgot to tell her not to touch the 4 wheel drive stick as it was a might touchy. Touche…
Luckily we got picked up by a trucker, I sat next to him to keep him away from her. Big mistake, guess he liked guys, so tried to keep myself from becoming one of his hand fulls.
Some how I only ended up with one crutch by the time we hit the dance hall.
But hey! I only needed one, the other was kept full with Blue Hawaiian’s.
Then it was time to head back.
She left me.
One crutch.
Facing a ten mile trudge.
In the 1st mile I was siill fairly inebriated, so wasn’t hurting much yet.
Then I slowly became aware that I could see things in front of me better, like I was emitting light from my neck down! Night Vision Cool!
But how was I generating the red and blue flickering bits?
Then I tripped and fell, and slowly focused on a U of Idaho campus cruiser that must have been behind me for a couple of blocks, sigh, so much for Night Vision, swiftly changing to visions of my sugar plums dancing in a Jail cell trying to avoid wayward truckers.
I struggled to a sitting position, found it was really hard to stand up for some reason. Must have been some combination of the booze, one crutch, a bad knee, oh, lets not forget the now rolling Palouse invading the Moscow flatlands, causing me to keep falling back onto my hands face and bum knee.
Thoughts of getting arrested and not having to continue to embed random gravel bits into my carcass started to have a bit more appeal.
So I clutched my crutch, dragged and crawled towards the cops, for what seemed like forever. Took me about 2 blocks to realize that they were backing up for some reason, and thats why I hadn’t reached their back seat of happiness and security of no interior door handles. Those darned door handles always bother my knees in back seats of cars anyway, so at least my knee would be better off soon.
All I needed was for them to stop backing up! So I started waving my crutch, hopping on one leg, and shouting for them to stop and be more like Calgon and take me away from all this!
Maybe I scared them?
They turned off the flashers, and started speeding towards me! Yah! it worked!
They were coming right at me my eyes finally flogged my brain, so I bent my one good knee, planted my crutch, and tried to pole vault it against the curbing in an attempt to fling myself out of their way!
Olympians cheered, Judges raised score cards of 10’s across the board, as in my mind I felt myself soaring like a bird!
Out of the corner of my eyes I saw the two cop cars, no one, yes two, my eyes couldn’t stay focused I was moving so fast,turn a corner about 10 feet from me and left me in a spray of more loose Palouse gravel, grovelling in the gutter realizing that the bird I most resembled at the moment could best be described in the immortal words of your fellow Radio legend KRPW’s Less Nessman “Turkeys are hitting the ground like bags of wet cement!” Oh what I would pay for a copy of their dash board camera footage now.
Well thats the Highlights, or should I say Low Lites of the night.
I banged on most of the doors down Fraternity row, until I found the one person that I knew.
Found out that Sleepy Vandals are not big fans of Drunken Cougars.
Slept it off.
Got a ride back to Pullman.
Car was towed before I got back to it, but lets keep that part for another contest story.
Morale of the story, Don’t Shoot a Rubber band at anyone wearing just a towel, it might go to your Knee, and Break your Car and your Heart.

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  • RE: entry to Worst Date contest, lots of problems and out of office‏

11:46 AM
To Loren Foster
From: Talbot, Phoebe (ptalbot@fisherradio.com)
Sent: Mon 11/05/12 11:46 AM
To: Loren Foster (shadolrds@live.com)
Out of Office AutoReply: belated and belateder attempt at entry into Worst Date contest

Loren –

 

I apologize for the numerous “Out of Office” responses you received, but I am more than happy to help with your questions.

We have already drawn our winner for Kent & Alan’s Date Night giveaway, but thank you for entering and please continue to check STAR 101.5 for more contest opportunities.

Please let me know if you have any other questions, thanks!

Phoebe Talbot – Promotions Assistant

STAR 101.5, KOMO Newsradio, Talk Radio 570 KVI

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From: Loren Foster [mailto:shadolrds@live.com] Sent: Monday, November 05, 2012 12:34 AM To: Talbot, Phoebe; Loren Foster Subject: entry to Worst Date contest, lots of problems and out of office

 

Greetings and Salutations Phoebe Talbot!

You have just won the 3rd place in the Office AutoReply Bounce

As you can see by the trail below, I am not a lucky fellow.

But I can Bellow Its just that I am cowardly Yellow.

And take lots of prescription drugs to stay Mellow.

At some point I will give up trying to get the entry in. Had internet connection problems.

Then it would not accept my log in on the site.

Then I could not get the program to allow me to see a contact email.

Then all the contactee’s are playing keep away from the office.

I got to the Facebook page for Star and posted there also, in a feeble attempt to get this of my chest and out of my hair. And yes, my chest has almost as much hair on it as my head, but that is not saying much as most of the thatch up there is heading south and taking up residence on my back.

Ok, now that I have sufficiently insulted my self, and probably gotten you to disregard anything that might have been fruitful and left me Blue in the Face, or at least the tongue in the cheek after way too many Hawaiian Blue punches un pulled.  Allusion to the title below. Fore or Five Shadowing….

·  Out of Office AutoReply: worst date entry‏

12:08 AM

To Loren Foster

From: Hutyler, Courtney (chutyler@fisherradio.com)
Sent: Mon 11/05/12 12:08 AM
To: Loren Foster (shadolrds@live.com)

 

Thanks for your message! I am out of the office for remainder of the week and next Monday and Tuesday and will be returning on Wednesday, November 7th.
If you need immediate assistance, please contact Suzanne Fleitz at sfleitz@fisherradio.com/206-404-3068.

·  Out of Office AutoReply: belated and belateder attempt at entry into Worst Date contest‏

 

12:17 AM

To Loren Foster

From: Fleitz, Suzanne (sfleitz@fisherradio.com)
Sent: Mon 11/05/12 12:17 AM
To: Loren Foster (shadolrds@live.com)

Thanks for your message! I’m out of the office for the remainder of the day, returning Tuesday morning, 11/6. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Phoebe Talbot at 206.404.3057/ptalbot@fisherradio.com. If this is urgent, I can be reached on my cell phone at 805.312.1581. Otherwise, I’ll return your message on Tuesday morning. Thanks!

Anyway, let the story commence:

 

“What does a Rubber Band, a Broken Thing, to many Blue Hawaiian’s, and a Single Crutch, all have in Common?”
I’m now Glad you Asked!
But You, You may not be so Glad, before this tale of Sad Twisted Heartstring-Wrenching Tear-Drenching reaches its four or five gone gong show concussion conclusion, supporting no Unknown Comic’s paper bag anonymity, ripping and rending the tender veneer of civility from the once smiling now snarling caricature of a fellow Cougar of Stephenson 7th South as he swung and I jumped and twisted and landed with a loud pop as my left knee gave way and I started screaming!
He said “Get back up and stop screaming! I haven’t hit you yet!”

Turned out I had torn cartilage, and would have to have surgery. Only day open and soon was the day after I had a hot date scheduled, and she didn’t want to take my being on crutches as an excuse for not going over to Moscow.
I somehow managed to use one of the crutches to shift gears on my beat up Thing, and got to her place, and she offered to drive. Great! I could drink more!
About half way there something went thunk, then all the hamsters and gerbils in the transmission started screaming and tearing chunks out of the floor boards.
Forgot to tell her not to touch the 4 wheel drive stick as it was a might touchy. Touche…
Luckily we got picked up by a trucker, I sat next to him to keep him away from her. Big mistake, guess he liked guys, so tried to keep myself from becoming one of his hand fulls.
Some how I only ended up with one crutch by the time we hit the dance hall.
But hey! I only needed one, the other was kept full with Blue Hawaiian’s.
Then it was time to head back.
She left me.
One crutch.
A seven mile trudge.
Police cars going in reverse to avoid my hobble.
Car was towed before I got back to it.
Morale of the story, Don’t Shoot a Rubber band at anyone wearing just a towel, it might go to your Knee, and Break your Car and your Heart.


Me I was never good with “Speechless”, although I was often Tongue tied,

it happens too often when you can flip your darn tongue upside down,

and Flabber Gasted, I am much more Flabber these days than Gasted.

 

Wish I understood women better.

Either I am just too damn tall to stand under them, or its all just over my head.

Either way, I just wish it was easier for them to bring me to heel.

Some can maky you feel like a Heel, with just a glance.

Some will Lance your Heart, and it will never Heal.

 

When you juggle Bannana’s and Orange’s

and its All up in the Air Yo

u can make a Fair Fruit Salad

But its a Toss UP If you add in a Pear

But be ready to Catch It I would to thee Appeal!

Or it will be all Butt End UP Lacking a peel

Except for Dinner Guests Ringing of Laughter a Peal.


Like a mosquito bite, you just have to come back and keep scratching, Jennifer Estep has created an itch that just has to be scratched, over and over again.  Not sure I can wait until the next book comes out!  I just found out that she has some short stories to tide me over.  Check out http://www.jenniferestep.com/excerpts-short-stories/Spider’s Revenge (Elemental Assassin, #5)


Steampunk Jewelry Lives!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/CatherinetteRings?section_id=5408585

Dragons Flys!

Steampunk Neo Victorian Bracelet - Copper brass RED Czech Glass Art Deco DRAGONFLY

Tributes to the Dead Heads!

Roses Are Red

But the Eyes Have It!

Much, Much More! Go now and Adore!

Buy them Up! For Sure, the are now Ashore!


You have to check out these great shots from the Gondola! For full viewing pleasure go to the source below!

http://home.comcast.net/~bzee1b/Zeppelin/Zeppelin.html

  Zeppelin Eureka

Photo Gallery

I’m still giddy over having had the opportunity to ride in, and photograph the only Zeppelin in the United States. The ‘Eureka’ is one of a new breed of lighter than air ships manufactured by the Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik GmbH, and operated by Airship Ventures. Based out of Moffett Field (in Mountain View, CA), the Eureka offers sight-seeing rides of the Bay Area and Monterey. Riding on the Eureka, and becoming a Zep head was truly a remarkable, and unforgettable experience!
Nikon D300 w/ 18-105mm VR lens, Nikon D200 w/ 70-300mm VR lens – Bernard Zee


Our trip started out with a preflight briefing, security screening, then a ride out to the private section of the Oakland airport. There, we watched the arrival of the Eureka airship!
Not to be confused with a Blimp, the Eureka has a rigid internal structure. So even with the helium removed, it will retain its general shape.
Airship Ventures started operating the Eureka out of Moffett Field in November of 2008. At 246 ft long, it is the largest airship in the world.
That’s our pilot Katherine ‘Kate’ Board. She is the only female Zeppelin pilot in the world. I believe she’s British.
Eureka’s 2 main engines are mounted high above the gondola, attaching to the airship’s internal bracing instead. This reduces engine noise and vibrations in the cabin, and also allows for an impressively unhindered viewing experience.


The 3rd engine is mounted aft, where it drives 2 propellers. One helps control yaw (like a helicopter tail rotor), and the other pitch. The one pointed down in the picture can be swiveled upwards, where it acts as a pusher propeller during normal flight.


Here’s Kate getting ready to lift off.


And away we go!! Oh my gosh, the take off was unbelievable! With no effort at all, we were hundreds of feet above the ground. It really was just like releasing a helium balloon. Helium of course, is the inert-lighter than air gas which provides the buoyancy that allows Eureka to fly.


Airship Eureka has 2 doors, each with a window that opens. Yes, not only do they open in flight, they encourage you to stick your head out there!!


The cockpit area, like the rest of the cabin, provides a wonderfully unobstructed view of the surroundings.


As we head towards San Francisco, Alameda island can be seen on the left.


Eureka’s cabin can seat 12 passengers, plus a crew of 2.


Here is an aerial view of the USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750), moored in Alameda.


Sticking my head (and arm and camera) out the window, I get this view… Yeah, it’s pretty intense!


Directly below is the 880 Freeway (which we all know and love so much). I believe that’s Jack London Square towards the middle, and the old Alameda Naval station towards the top left.


Cruising at around 1000ft and 35mph, we got this amazing view of downtown Oakland, Berekely, and beyond!


At the briefing, they actually encourage you to stick your head out the window. That is how one gets inducted into the Zep-Head club! Yes, some people did it more than once. 🙂


No, it’s not a bluescreen photoshop. This is actually the back end of the gondola (note the little sticker about the seat). It’s this bench, with a wrap around view of the rear. Other than sticking the head out the window, the best spot to be on the airship!!


With the engines mounted so high, you’d really have to make an effort to see it. Even with the windows open, it’s more of a whishing noise, as the propellers cut into the air. Seen in the distance is of course, downtown San Francisco.


Once airborne, passengers were free to roam around and take in the sights from different stations. Trust me, no one just stayed in their seat!


Here we are, flying over Alcatraz.


Lived here for almost 20 years, but have never set foot there. The shame! But at least I’ve now flown over it!!


A picture postcard view of San Francisco, including Pier 39, and the Aquatic park. Other icons like the Transamerica building, coit tower, and Bay bridge can also be seen.


Looks like a wing, but it’s actually the rear underside of the airship.


We make a U-turn before getting too close to the Golden Gate Bridge. We were not flying the airship’s normal routine, as this was the Thursday of Fleetweek, and the Blue Angels were getting ready to do their practice flight – all sorts of airspace restrictions were in place… we were thankfully to be even allowed to fly! By the way, Eureka did participate in the Fleetweek ’09 air show. It did a hover, rocking, spinning, and nodding routine (I don’t know how else to describe it!) Saturday. Sunday’s show was considerably shorter, and it only did a fly by.


Here’s another shot showing the interior. Even if you stayed in your seat, there are huge windows you could look out of.


The pilot and co-pilot’s view.


This is looking out the back window, where the airship’s tail wheel can be seen, as we turn away from San Francisco.


Over flying Yerba Buena island.


Our co-pilot for the day was Flight Instructor consultant from Germany, Hans Paul Strohle. Got a lot of good information about airships from him! Weight management is very important for airship operations. Tiny things like direct sunlight warming up the gas in the airship a couple of degrees would generate increased lift (I think he said 80kg per degree Celsius) – due to the gas expansion. Conversely, losing the sun in the evening would cause a loss of lift. Things like how much fuel, rate of consumption of fuel, how many passengers, and so forth all figure into the calculation.

When they first picked us up, there were a few extra crew members on board. But that’s not nearly enough to offset the 12 passengers they were to take on. So they carried water as ballast. After taking on the passengers, the water was released, and away we went! (The grass at Oakland airport really looked like it could use it too!)


An artsy shot of San Francisco, in almost monochrome color.


Shooting towards the sun is usually not advised, but what the heck. Rules are meant to be broken!


Downtown Oakland. That crazy straight street? I believe that’s Broadway.


Lake Merritt is pretty darn big.


If you stick your head far enough out the window, you CAN look straight down. Probably not something many would want to do!


A parting view of downtown Oakland. Or as a Southwest flight attendant said over the intercom – land of Oaks. I know, I’m just repeating what I heard!


The Oakland Coliseum parking lot is huge!


The Oracle Arena (where the Warriors basketball team plays) looks like a giant bulls eye that says to space aliens – shoot me here!


Yeah, Kate thinks that’s funny! (no, not really…she’s just smiling for the camera). The air ship uses fly-by-wire technology, to control the 3 engines.


The airship pilot uses the joy stick for primary directional control, and the computer figures out the rest (like how much to swivel or tilt the engines, and a host of other calculations). There are a also other controls available which can be used to adjust for trim and buoyancy if needed.


View from the cockpit. Note the ropes are always there!


Actually shot this with a very slow shutter speed. The props don’t really seem to spin that fast in real life. Even though we were supposed to cruise at around 35mph, I think the pilot’s GPS said we were going 45kt. Max speed, which is not ever used, is 70kt.


Eureka is the 3rd of its class of Zeppelin NT airships, and the only one in the United States. The other airships are in Germany, and Japan. The one in Japan flies for ads space only, and doesn’t carry passengers.


Am I sticking my head out the window again? Looks like it! It’s actually hard to hold steady with the wind buffeting me.


Here’s a shot showing the Zeppelin’s shadow. With the sun being so far from earth, the light rays reaching us are for all intents and purposes parallel. Thus, the shadow cast by sunlight is the same size as the object (assuming the surface the shadow is cast on is normal, or perpendicular, to the light rays). You can see how big Eureka is by comparing the cars on the freeway below to the shadow!
Of course, the Eureka is a fraction of the size of the giant interwar year Zeppelins and rigid airships. Those behemoths can easily carry over 100 people in comfort.


Throwing in an artsy shot of the airship controls.


I liked the way the 4 softball fields are arranged.


The old salt evaporation ponds (between the San Mateo Bridge, and the Dumbarton Bridge) creates interesting color patterns, due to the different salinity and resultant algal and brine shrimp concentrations.


Helium and air valves. Apparently, helium is never released during normal flight. Air is moved back and forth to help trim the air ship though.


Here’s a nice view of the air ship’s cabin.


As we approach the end of the flight, we have to once again take our seats and buckle in. Out the window can be seen the main runway of Oakland International airport. No, we’re not landing there…


As mentioned before, the cabin is very quiet, and it’s effortless to carry on a normal conversation. The ride was likewise very smooth.


Just so there’s no mistake, ‘OAKLAND’ is painted in big letters on the tarmac.


On final approach, it’s as soft as an escalator ride. Actually, even smoother! The key to Eureka, is that it is safe. Unlike blimps and older generation airships, the Eureka is fully maneuverable. Even in light to moderate winds, it can hover and land, and only needs one person on the ground to hang on to the rope. A far cry from the old days, when there were tons of people grabbing the ropes and hanging on for dear life!


The front of the airship has what looks to be a quick connect fitting, which attaches to a boom on a truck in Moffett field. That’s how they park her at night. Sometimes, they will roll her into the hangar. But mostly, it’s park outside hangar 2. Tethered only on the front, the airship is allowed to swivel around that attachment point by the blowing wind.


With all the passengers off, and a new load of passengers on, Eureka prepares to take off again.


And Off it goes!


Pretty cool to have it fly directly overhead!


you can check their website for details, but I believe Airship Ventures charges $495 for an hour’s flight. Chartered flights are also available.


I count my lucky stars to have had the opportunity to experience flying in an airship! If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to float above the hustle and bustle, you owe it to yourself to try this out!

More aerial shots

Some more aerial shots from the Zep (if you’re not tired of them yet!).



www.bernardzee.com
 

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4.0 out of 5 stars There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press’s pressing of “The Quest for Elena the Fair”, November 11, 2011
This review is from: The Legends of Light (Kindle Edition)

There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press’s pressing of
“The Quest for Elena the Fair” by Gill Shutt.

It will cut you to the quick, and quick you to the cuttings, as the squire Govalon, in Serving alone to three Knights journey into the Vanishing Mists,
Read it and Sea what would make Sir Marik the Wrong so Wronged.
Listen and Fear what did unspool Sir Darven the Fool.
Quiver and Quell what did fell the Oxen Sir Jolan.
Begin here the Tale of the First,
Read on to the rest of a Saga of 6 Poems,
“The Legends of Light”

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Loren Foster aka shadolrds
“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”
shadolrds.wordpress.com


There is something Dull, Gray or Heartless about GreyHart Press's pressing of 
"The Quest for Elena the Fair" by Gill Shutt.

It will cut you to the quick, and quick you to the cuttings, as the squire Govalon, in Serving alone to three Knights journey into the Vanishing Mists,
Read it and Sea what would make Sir Marik the Wrong so Wronged.
Listen and Fear what did unspool Sir Darven the Fool.
Quiver and Quell what did fell the Oxen Sir Jolan.
Begin here the Tale of the First,
Read on to the rest of a Saga of 6 Poems,
"The Legends of Light"

The Legends of Light

Read! Review! Repeat! at
http://greyhartpress.com/free-e-books/read-review-repeat/ 

Loren Foster aka shadolrds
"From Whom Words Shadow Doles"
/https://shadolrds.wordpress.com

Chimichanga! Better than a Bearded Burrito!

Chimichanga
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/1595827552/ref=sib_dp_pt#reader-link
Title: Chimichanga

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Imprint: Dark Horse Books

Pub Date: 08/31/2011

Author: Eric Powell

In “Chimichanga”, author Eric Powell serves up a heaping helping of “Goon” Tastic Circus Escapades, in Spades!

The Bearded Lady is downsized to a Bearded Girl. But don’t you dare think she is a little sissy, this sassy missy is full pluck sized.  There is an evil witch, like when is there not an evil witch when witches are on the prowl?  This one wants the whiskers on our young girls chinny-chin-chin, in trade for an egg?  Sure why not, whats there to loose!

Many twists and turns abound, an egg is found!  A Chimichanga is consumed and the Name is assumed.  Girl finds egg, egg hatches Chimichanga gnashes, monster looses girl, monster goes looking for girl gone wild!

Pull up a chair ringside while you can, but hold on to your cotton candy, Wrinkle’s Travelling Circus is on the move.  Don’t be left behind.  This Goon is for You!

Reviewed for Netgalley.com

also presented to Amazon.com and Rex Robot Reviews

Loren Foster aka shadolrds

“From Whom Words Shadow Doles”

/https://shadolrds.wordpress.com


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”

https://shadolrds.wordpress.com/

Now for are Humans Human or Animals?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-20128079/human-ancestors-mated-with-more-than-neanderthals/?tag=pop;stories

October 31, 2011 4:22 PM

Human ancestors mated with more than Neanderthals

By
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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