This one was shared with me by my co-author Dr. Scott D de Hart, and given that I blogged yesterday concerning the subject of human origins, this article is quite a find.
Now there's something interesting here and I hope you caught it, because it's perhaps another little step forward in confirmation of some of the ideas found in ancient texts.
"All modern humans whose ancestry originates outside of Africa owe about 2% of their genome to Neanderthals. Certain populations living in Oceania, such as Papua New Guineans and Australian Aboriginals, share about 4% of their DNA with Denisovans, members of a group named after a cave in the Altai Mountains in Siberia, Russia, where they were discovered. The cave contains remains deposited between 30,000 and 50,000 years ago.
At the meeting, however, David Reich, an evolutionary geneticist at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, who worked on those studies, said that the conclusions were based on low-quality genome sequences, riddled with errors and full of gaps. His team, along with collaborator Svante Pääbo at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has now produced much more complete versions of the Denisovan and Neanderthal genomes — matching the quality of contemporary human genomes. These high-quality Denisovan and Neanderthal sequences are both based on bones from the Denisova Cave.
The Denisovan genome indicates that the population got around: Reich said at the meeting that as well as interbreeding with the ancestors of Oceanians, they also bred with Neanderthals and the ancestors of modern humans in China and other parts of East Asia. Most surprisingly, Reich said, the genomes indicate that Denisovans interbred with yet another extinct population of archaic humans that lived in Asia more than 30,000 years ago — one that is neither human nor Neanderthal."
What intrigues here is that this finding appears to loosely corroborate the ancient Vedic texts, in particular the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, in which one finds a host of bizarre creatures, including talking monkeys, a concept implying some sort of relationship to humans. But there is a dark side to this story, and it bears mentioning lest we ever forget it.
In the years prior to, during, and immediately following the First World War, there was a a man named Lanz von Liebenfels in Vienna. Von Liebenfels had been a Cistercian monk, until his radical views led the order and him to agree to a mutual parting of ways (to put it euphemistically). Von Liebenfels went on to author and edit a work called Theozoologie, wherein von Liebenfels maintained that the pure race, the Aryans, had become corrupted by inbreeding with "sub-humans", i.e., "lower primates." The subtitle of this work, "Sodom's Monkeys", says it all. These views von Liebenfels also published in a scandalous magazine called Ostara, which, some allege, was collected and read by a young Adolf Hitler. What is certain is that von Liebenfels' views did influence Guido von List, and Dietrich Eckhart, both of whom also influenced Hitler's views. Hence, the importance of the above article from another point of view, for genetics suggests that the "Aryan" views of von Liebenfels had it exactly backward: it was not the white or oriental races that were "pure," but rather, that they were the ones showing the most evidence of such inbreeding in humanity's ancient past.
Much remains to be done on the coordination of ancient texts, for as will also be evident, the above article and its "Vedic" implications are different than the views put forward by Mesopotamian texts, which I and others speculate indicate some "interbreeding" and genetic manipulation of terrestrial hominids with an "extraterrestrial" race of "gods"... I have often referred to them as genetic "cousins." Perhaps the Mesopotamian and Vedic views cannot be reconciled with each other, and perhaps neither to modern science. But the moral lesson is there: before casting stones at someone else's gene pool, or elevating one's own as a standard by which to judge the "human" status of others, best to realize that virtually everyone comes from "mixed stock," and that such interbreeding means that genetically, the various species of genus homo were related to begin with.
See you on the flip side.