February 23, 2013
According to my Geno 2.0 profile, I am 2.1% Neanderthal. This statement would have been unthinkable a decade ago, before the Neanderthal genes were identified and found in all modern humans except for those in Africa (or recently from there).
Even the Neanderthal's had African origins but their ancestors apparently left that continent around 300,000 years ago. Read Decoding and Rethinking Neanderthals for more of what scholars are saying about this.
I don't mind being part Neanderthal! For a long time I have been skeptical of the idea that Neanderthal's were stupid brutes because that theory so neatly fits the typical model of ethnocentrism. Every group likes to think they are superior but obviously not every group is. More likely no group is! We need to open our hearts and be humble.