Monday, July 03, 2017

"the beam that is in thine own eye?" - Neanderthal-Origin DNA and our Religions


Neanderthal-Origin DNA and our Religions

According to a science survey, native human beings living outside Africa have all a few percentage of Neanderthal-origin DNA in their bodies.

However native Africans have no traits of Neanderthal-origin DNA.  Human beings are believed to have met Neanderthal people in the Middle East.  Indeed in Israel there are some famous remains of Neanderthals.  Even native Australians are believed to have met Neanderthals in the Middle East to carry some Neanderthal-origin DNA.
When our ancestors first migrated out of Africa around 60,000 years ago, they were not alone. At that time, at least two other species of hominid cousins walked the Eurasian landmass—Neanderthals and Denisovans. As our modern human ancestors migrated through Eurasia, they encountered the Neanderthals and interbred. Because of this, a small amount of Neanderthal DNA was introduced into the modern human gene pool.
Everyone living outside of Africa today has a small amount of Neanderthal in them, carried as a living relic of these ancient encounters. A team of scientists comparing the full genomes of the two species concluded that most Europeans and Asians have between 1 to 2 percent Neanderthal DNA. Indigenous sub-Saharan Africans have none, or very little Neanderthal DNA because their ancestors did not migrate through Eurasia.
It is interesting, since Christianity started in the Middle East but the religion did not prevail in Africa (till colonization by European Christians started in Africa).  And, human beings met Neanderthals in the Middle East but native Africans were not influenced by Neanderthals.

Maybe there might be some linkage between Neanderthal traits and Hebrews or ancestors of Abraham.  Or as Abraham came from an area close to the domain of Sumerians, Sumerians might have more Neanderthal-origin DNA than other tribes.  If Abraham had had some linkage with Sumerians, and Sumerians who established the first urban civilization in the Middle East had had stronger linkage with Neanderthals, Hebrews should have had some linkage to Neanderthals through Abraham and Sumerians.

Then, the major three religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, might be influenced by Neanderthal traits.

In other word, we might owe our major religions to Neanderthal-origin DNA.  It is indeed an act of God!

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Mat 7:3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?