New York Times: “Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans” ……….. Joe Jackson: “Pretty Women Out Walking With Gorillas Down My Street.”Posted: May 6, 2010
In browsing the net tonight, I spotted the New York Times headline Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans. I had to click on it, thinking it was a sarcastic comment on unfortunate dating and marital choices. It wasn’t.
Scientists think the connection between neanderthals and humans happened between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago. Apparently the two species dated briefly somewhere in that window of time. Mr. and Ms. Labcoat have just figured this out.
Joe Jackson knew neanderthals mated with humans. He documented his findings in 1978.
Pretty women out walking with gorillas down my street. From my window I’m starin’ while my coffee grows cold.
One to four percent of the current human non-African genome comes from that period when neanderthals and humans set up on a blind date by well-intentioned friends who thought they’d make a “cute couple”.
Is she really going out with him? Cause if my eyes don’t deceive me there’s something going wrong around here.
About a hundred Neanderthal genes help make us what we are today. Sometimes those wild nights sort of follow you around for longer than you realize. In this case, the dalliance with the neanderthals has followed us around for countless generations. Maybe those tequila shots at last call weren’t such a good idea for our ancestors.
Here comes Jeannie with her new boyfriend. They say that looks don’t count for much and so there goes your proof.*
Joe Jackson has been right since 1978. I’m willing to bet we all know someone whose choices left us scratching our heads. Hey, Mr. Lab Coat, welcome to what the rest of us already knew.
* Lyrics, copyright Joe Jackson 1978