Re: [asa] Dawkins on the fossil record (Neanderthal)

From: Rich Blinne <rich.blinne@gmail.com>
Date: Fri Dec 11 2009 - 15:14:12 EST

Bernie it's difference between absence of evidence from evidence of absence.
There isn't any genetic evidence of admixture but that doesn't completely
rule it out since there appears to be overlap where admixture would be
possible.

Rich Blinne
Member ASA

On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 9:51 AM, Dehler, Bernie <bernie.dehler@intel.com>wrote:

> Hi Rich-
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> Thanks- I saw your link and Terry’s. They both looked familiar. Your link
> said this in the summary:
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> “In combination with current mtDNA data, this excludes any large genetic
> contribution by Neandertals to early modern humans, but does not rule out
> the possibility of a smaller contribution.”
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> So it looks to me like the jury is still out. The link Terry gave also
> seemed to be a little hesitent to fully rule-out any Neandertal contribution
> to the human genome. And it could also be there was a community of mixed
> race that died out… no trace today. So at one time we could have been
> contemporaries. “Sons of Adam” mixing with “animals?”
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> Also, from Terry’s newspaper article link, to say that Neandertals didn’t
> contribute to the gene pool, it makes me wonder:
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> 1. What did they expect to find if such mixing happened.
> 2. What do we actually see instead.
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> …Bernie
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> *From:* Rich Blinne [mailto:rich.blinne@gmail.com]
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 10, 2009 1:24 PM
> *To:* Dehler, Bernie
> *Cc:* AmericanScientificAffiliation
> *Subject:* Re: [asa] Dawkins on the fossil record (Neanderthal)
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> On Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 10:16 AM, Dehler, Bernie <bernie.dehler@intel.com>
> wrote:
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> Terry said:
> "[As an aside, the Neanderthal sequencing data suggests that there was no
> successful interbreeding--I don't think the jury is still out on that one.]"
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> What data are you referring to?
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> ...Bernie
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> This is what I believe Terry is referring to:
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> http://www.plosbiology.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pbio.0020057
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> Rich Blinne
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> Member ASA
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