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    5 Things We Learnt in 2021

    1. Jacob Rees-Mogg is actually younger than Kylie Minogue.

    2. Echidnas, apart from being an egg laying marsupial has 4 heads on its Penis. 2 of which can work in unison.*

    3. Some reptiles can change their genetic sex due to eggs being laid in different temperatures.

    4. Whales and dolphins were once land dwelling mammals ( Just never occurred to me )

    5. Most non-African humans have some Neanderthal DNA. No biggie. Neanderthals were quite cultured. Jewelry. Burial rites. Art.

    * worth it to Google. Great articles. Studies. Indeed a curious creature.
    Last edited by Gilly Goodness; 12-19-2021, 02:58 PM.

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    These days getting your DNA run for genealogy is relatively cheap and can produce some interesting results. Yep, I've got some Neanderthal DNA and also just a teeny bit of Denisovan DNA. The Denisovans were another humanoid species very similar to the Neanderthals. They lived only in Asia. As someone whose family has lived in North America for 400 years, I think having a touch of Denisovan DNA means I probably have a teensy bit of Native American heritage.

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      #3
      Snowflower Elder you are. The X2a to survive!

      yeah, my sister is into genealogy and requested my DNA. Mostly Irish as expected but some Iberian and a smidge of Middle East Felt very exotic!

      Australian aborigines and New Guineans also have Denisovan. So some migratory interaction must have occurred.

      Twas a wild and hairy time back when different hominins rubbed up against eachother.

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        #4
        1 Axolotl can decide to grow up into salamanders or remain alien-like babies for their whole life
        2. 30,000 years ago, all human beings were dark skinned (ie blacks) the white skin variant is very recent, probably less than 10,000 years ago !
        3. Searchers now generally accept the fact that Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal interbred. 20 years ago, they were sure that constant rivalry led to Neanderthal exctinction. I always thought this couldn't be the case. Sure there must have been plenty of wars and rivalry but we did interbreed and assimilated them into our group.
        4. Thousands of people in the US believe birds aren't real.

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          #5
          Originally posted by Sharp On Attack View Post
          4. Thousands of people in the US believe birds aren't real.
          But when you consider that the viral movement behind this is a hoax designed to wake people up to the various levels of misinformation going on in the social realm, well...maybe some of them aren't fully committed to this mindset.
          Rabin-esque
          my labor of love (and obsessive research)
          rabinesque.blogspot.com

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            #6
            Originally posted by Sharp On Attack View Post
            1 Axolotl can decide to grow up into salamanders or remain alien-like babies for their whole life
            2. 30,000 years ago, all human beings were dark skinned (ie blacks) the white skin variant is very recent, probably less than 10,000 years ago !
            3. Searchers now generally accept the fact that Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal interbred. 20 years ago, they were sure that constant rivalry led to Neanderthal exctinction. I always thought this couldn't be the case. Sure there must have been plenty of wars and rivalry but we did interbreed and assimilated them into our group.
            4. Thousands of people in the US believe birds aren't real.
            Err, that's only 4. Got one more?

            1. Axolotl are up with platypii and echidna as God just 'avin' a larf, surely?

            2. Theories abound about the drop in melanin being sun-related or diet related, ie, a move into a diet of grain, wheat, grasses in Europe and elsewhere. Lactose tolerance is also a fascinating area of conjecture, in evolutionary terms.

            3. Sex was fairly brutish all round back then. Some of the inseminations may have been done without permission. Child rearing done by females only. Yet lifelong marital bonds did form. Maybe different folks hooked up over fermented goats milk and fire light?

            4. Yeah, birds are not real is a satirical movement about misinformation. Birds are real. They take our souls up to Heaven. (Metaphorically)

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              #7
              4. Yeah, birds are not real is a satirical movement about misinformation

              So that's a fifth thing I learnt this year ! Thanks for enlightening me...😀

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                #8
                Originally posted by Sharp On Attack View Post
                Thanks for enlightening me...😀
                You're welcome. 😜
                Rabin-esque
                my labor of love (and obsessive research)
                rabinesque.blogspot.com

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by Gilly Goodness View Post
                  Birds are real. They take our souls up to Heaven. (Metaphorically)
                  They also fill your plate up nicely. If those wood pigeons are drones, they're very meaty drones...

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                    #10
                    6th thing learnt:

                    Platypii and echidna don't have nipples.
                    Instead whole patches of their skin secrete milk for the young.

                    Plus they have a tooth in embryo that allows them to break open the leathery egg.

                    Platypii have 2 heads on their penis which is covered in spikes to hold onto female while mating.

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                      #11
                      Nah, no nipples...

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                        #12
                        One of my uncles took a DNA test and was surprised to learn he had some Norwegian ancestry since he's big into family trees and as far back as he could get every ancestor lived in or very near what is now Germany and Luxembourg. (His father was born in Germany and his maternal grandparents were born in Luxembourg.) I suppose all that raping and pillaging by the Vikings spread their DNA all over Europe.

                        Originally posted by Olorin View Post
                        These days getting your DNA run for genealogy is relatively cheap and can produce some interesting results. Yep, I've got some Neanderthal DNA and also just a teeny bit of Denisovan DNA. The Denisovans were another humanoid species very similar to the Neanderthals. They lived only in Asia. As someone whose family has lived in North America for 400 years, I think having a touch of Denisovan DNA means I probably have a teensy bit of Native American heritage.
                        Last edited by hammerhead; 07-11-2022, 11:32 AM.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by hammerhead View Post
                          One of my uncles took a DNA test and was surprised to learn he had some Norwegian ancestry since he's big into family trees and as far back as he could get every ancestor lived in or very near what is now Germany and Luxembourg. (His father was born in Germany and his maternal grandparents were born in Luxembourg.) I suppose all that raping and pillaging by the Vikings spread their DNA all over Europe.

                          The dirty buggers.

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                          Back to platypus-related new information.

                          Durin' WW2 , Winston Churchill wanted one. So a HM frigate sailed home with one. Got to London safely and the public donated mealworms for it to eat.


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                          It was common for dignitaries to have private zoos.

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