Daniel Engberg at the far left site Slate asks (Sept. 19 - The Great Endumbening):
IQ scores look to be on the decline. Is there a complicated explanation, or are we just getting stupider?
Engberg cites the recent documentary out of France, Demain, tous crétins?—Tomorrow, everyone’s an idiot?
more or less the plot of the 2006 comedy Idiocracy; in fact, a 35-second clip from that film appears at the start)
notably in Northern Europe—the IQ drops seem very real. Using data from Finland... men are almost always drafted into military service, whereupon they’re tested for intelligence... scores began to slide in 1997, a trend that has continued ever since. Similar trends have been documented using data from Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. At some point in the mid-1990s, IQ scores in these countries tipped into decay, losing roughly one-fifth to one-quarter of a point per year.
What could be endumbening Norwegians, then? The authors note several possible factors,.. and the indirect effects of immigration.
The ancient Cave Bear was thought to be extinct, last remaining remnant having died out 25,000 years ago. Now, new DNA research suggests they never really died out. Their bloodlines live on in the modern Brown Bear.
"By any standard definition, [cave bears] are extinct, but it doesn't mean that their gene pool is erased, because they continue to live on in the genomes of these living animals," one of the researchers, evolutionary biologist Axel Barlow from the University of Potsdam, told National Geographic.
The research is only the second of its kind to show that when a species goes extinct, fragments of its gene pool can survive for tens of thousands of years after its disappearance.
The first example being the presence of Neanderthal DNA in modern day humans, which is thought to make up between 1.5 and 4 percent of the non-African human genome. [Emphasis added]
"[W]e have shown that a fraction of the cave bear gene pool survives in the genomes of living brown bears, mirroring the Neanderthal ancestry found in non-African humans...
Vast Majority of Europeans are Lactose Tolerant; Large percentage of Asians, Afros Lactose Intolerant
New Research emerging, Northern Europeans ability to process milk and milk products proved greatly beneficial to the Euro Sub-Species as they expanded.
From Project Syndicate, "Evolution on the Menu" Aug. 8:
two-thirds of adults worldwide cannot drink liquid milk, because they are intolerant to lactose,..
About 7,000 years ago, a genetic mutation arose among farmers in Central Europe that prevented the lactase gene from being switched off in childhood. People carrying this mutation are able to drink liquid milk safely throughout their lives, without the unpleasant side effects that lactose-intolerant individuals suffer.
This mutation was a great advantage to those who inherited it, and carriers multiplied among farmers as they swept into Northern Europe, creating one of the fastest-spreading evolutionary event humans have ever experienced. Today, some 90% of Northern Europeans, and a similar percentage of North Americans who trace their ancestry to Europe, are lactose-tolerant.
Svante Paabo: Mixing may have been more frequent than previously believed.
Skletal remains of a female believed to be 90,000 years old have been uncovered in southern Siberia. Rather unique, the sequenced DNA reveals, the female to have had a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father.
From the Albuquerque Journal Aug 22:
The 90,000-year-old bone fragment found in southern Siberia marks the first time a direct offspring of these two groups has been discovered, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.
Both groups disappeared by about 40,000 years ago. Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia, while fossils of Denisovans are known only from the cave where the fragment was found.
“It’s fascinating to find direct evidence of this mixing going on,” said Svante Paabo, one of the study’s lead authors.
“The fact that we stumbled across this makes you wonder if the mixing wasn’t quite frequent,” said Paabo, a geneticist at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Tibetan Premiere Dalai Lama appearing at a media availability in the UK, on the recent Swedish elections and refugees:
"It is good. Taking care. But not permanent setllement. Give them opportunity, education. Eventually they should return. To their own country. To rebuild their own country."
Lana Itkof on Red Ice TV:
"What a hateful, racist, Nazi, white supremacist. " [Sarcasm]
"These are words of wisdom and common sense. So, basically the Dalai Lama supports Alternative For Sweden [Right-wing Ethno-Nationalists]. The only party talking about repatriation and re-migration of hostile invaders.
See, the Dalai Lama knows what it's like to be displaced in your own homeland, watching your nation be transformed by hostile invaders...
The Dalai Lama is siding with Nationalists, Swedes who want to determine their own destiny.
Note: Right-wing Ethno Nationalists Swedish Democrats placed 3rd with 17.6%."
"And other Paleo-Humans"
By Masaman, Excerpts:
It is the belief that all modern homo sapiens are not the same. Darwin Subspeciests believe that there is vast diversity among modern humans.
Genetics experts such as Swedish biologist Dr. Svante Pääbo, have discovered that European ethnics have as much as 6% Neanderthal DNA. East Asians and isolated populations living in Malaysia and Indonesia have up to 5% Denisovan DNA, and some evidence of direct lineage to Homo Erectus.
Very recent archaeological finds suggest other previously unknown sub-species including homo florensiensas (Hobbit man).
Geneticist Spencer Wells (PBS National Geo) has called the San bushmen of the Kalahari and the related !Khong tribe in southwest Africa, the last remaining original humans. Wells says that of all the people on earth "the San are direct descendants of our oldest ancestors."
According to the NY Times Dec 2016, "gene variants in Inuit who live in Greenland... may help them adapt to the cold by promoting heat-generating body fat." Inuits have an "evolutionary advantage" to overcome extremely cold temperatures from an unusually high mix of Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA.
Australian and New Guinean aborigine lines can be traced back to archaic humans, 60,000 to 80,000 years ago. And geneticists now believe they "may have mated with a previously-unknown human species." (SmithsonianMag.com Sep 2016)
No. We celebrate maximum diversity for the human species. The more diverse modern day homo sapiens, the more chance for ultimate survival.
Left-leaning paleontologists and anthropologists such as Dr. John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin, have been fighting back against recent evidence showing extreme genetic variance in modern humans. They claim that even Africans have traces of Neanderthal DNA.
Yet, very little archaeological evidence has been discovered to back their claim. And the few sites where some potential evidence has been discovered, are located in extreme northern tips of the African continent where mixture with Eurasians may have occurred at a much later date.
Additionally, the highest concentrations of genetic evidence, amount to about .05% Neanderthal, mostly in extreme northeast coastal Africa.
The human evolutionary tree changes by the year. In 2016 major paleontology news was made with the discovery of Graecopithecus in Greece and Bulgaria, suggesting human origins in Europe going back some 800,000 years. In 2015 Dr. Lee Berger uncovered Homo Naledi in caves in South Africa.
Darwin Subspecieists tend towards Multi-Regional and away from Out of Africa. Multi-Regional is particularly popular among Russian, Siberian and East Asian paleontologists. A leading proponent of Multi-Regional theory in the United States is Dr. Milford Wolpoff of the University of Michigan.
Subspecies (Race) mixing is fine. However, preservation of modern ethno-states including increasingly endangered white nations, is essential. Just as important is ensuring that isolated tribes with ancient lineages in the Pacific, Indian Ocean, Africa, Oceania and other regions do not go extinct.
Darwin Subspecieists support all efforts to preserve threatened populations like the San Bushmen of the Kalahari, nearby !Khung bushmen, high mountain Tibetans, Andaman Islanders in the Indian Ocean, Aeta tribe of the Philippines, Greenland Inuits and South African whites. Their survival is vital to maintain maximum diversity of our species.
(Aborigine, Andaman Islanders, Tibetan, Pygmies, Bengali Toto, Tasmanians, and Fuegians above.)