Science News That Makes Me Say, “Hmm…”

Neanderthal-Human Sex Rarely Produced Kids, Study Suggests

 The article describes just what the headline says, that sexual contact between the species wasn’t terribly productive, though it was productive enough to leave a few bits of Neanderthal DNA in our makeup. But it’s this line that gets my writerly genes (probably not the Neanderthal ones, but who knows) going:

“Recent research has also suggested that modern humans has sex regularly with a mysterious, now-extinct relative in Africa.”

Who were these mysterious relatives? Where did they go? What made them better than Neanderthals? How much of their DNA do we still carry? And the biggy form my SF mind: Were they aliens???

Considering the generally accepted idea that alien species would be more intelligent (and therefore bigger brained) than us, it probably wasn’t these guys:

‘Game-changer’ in Evolution from S. African Bones

“…the brain of A. sediba is small, like that of a chimpanzee, but with a configuration more human, particularly with an expansion behind and above the eyes.

This seems to be evidence that the brain was reorganizing along more modern lines before it began its expansion to the current larger size…”

But this is still a way cool discovery! A species that has both modern and primitive
characteristics. Scientists aren’t keen on the term “missing link” but whatever they want to call it, they may have found that very thing. The more info about our evolution, the better.

But I REALLY want to know about those mysterious relatives in Africa….

If they are aliens, perhaps they’ll be back. In droves. But first, they need to prepare the Earth to their liking, by warming it up! And we have PROOF that warming trends cause invasions from other species:

Global Warming Brings Crab Threat to Antarctica

“The implication is that as global warming heats the frigid coastal-shelf waters… the way will be open for the crustacean to continue its creeping advance.”

Creeping advance!!! If that’s not the technique of alien invaders, I don’t know what is!

What kind of science news makes your imagination rev? Or do you have other news to share?


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  1. There’s a crab threat, huh? I’m glad I’m forewarned! 🙂

    1. Start melting butter now! 🙂

  2. Very cool info, Cathy! Yes, it really does get the imagination going!

    1. I love glancing through science articles. Every now and again, a line or two snags my brain 🙂

  3. Quite interesting, indeed. I would like to believe that I am a descendant of a more intelligent race. My father takes the batteries out of his battery-powered clocks before going on vacation. Surely that makes him a superior intellect?!

    1. I would believe you were descended from intellectually superior stock, Maureen, even without knowing your dad’s brilliant behavior! 🙂

  4. This is really interesting, Cathy. Really gets the creative juices flowing. 🙂

    1. And the odder the better, IMO, Angela 🙂

  5. Very cool info! I love reading articles about human ancestry, as I’d planned (at one time) to do a graduate degree in Neanderthal studies.

    1. I enjoy them too, KC, especially when they shake up what we think we know, like the “Game-Changer” article. Studying the Neanderthals would have been pretty dang cool.

  6. That sounds like inspiration for a story to me. Of course I can’t help thinking of the time traveller.


    1. Time travelling Neanderthals? Hmmm 😉

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