So it turns out Neanderthals were pale, freckled redheads with O blood, had a gift for gab and a fondness for bone marrow. Oh boy, like Mrs. Chief needed more ammunition to bust my balls.

This information is a result of new discoveries recently in Spain reported in the Telegraph, but it’s not entirely new info. Previous studies have shown there were ginger Neanderthals, too. Unfortunately, I think the reporter for the Telegraph made an error, at least I hope it was his error. See if anything here sets off an alarm for you:

The report, published in BMC Evolutionary Biology, concludes that: “These results suggest the genetic change responsible for the O blood group in humans predates the human and Neanderthal divergence” but came “after humans separated from their common ancestor … chimpanzees.”

I’d like to read what was replaced with “…”, wouldn’t you? Any guesses what that was? Perhaps “they share with”, or “which is also the ancestor of”. Now it’s possible human and chimp ancestors got it on, but humans didn’t come from chimps, and that’s something that commonly gets confused by people ignorant of evolution, like for instance every Creationist.

Anyway, I do find it amusing that Neanderthals were gingers, or should we now call them “Gingerthals”? The study suggests the ginger traits manifested before the human and neanderthal splits in the branch, but what if they didn’t? Maybe it was that ginger prejudice we still see today that drove early humans to dispatch the Gingerthals and ginger traits manifested independently in humans, or perhaps our ancestors couldn’t resist those ginger girls and, well, that’s how we got the magical MC1R ginger gene. ;)

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14 Responses to “Gingerthals”

  1. Those of us who know you are not surprised at all by the information that Neanderthals were redheads, nor would we be surprised to learn that the converse is still true today.

    By the way, it turns out that the Neanderthals were all Chiefs fans, too.

    Also, were you aware that a Neanderthal’s proto-blog was discovered recently. Amazingly, it was called You Made Me Grunt It.

  2. UHng!

  3. Is it any surprise though!? Just look at Alf, just look at orangutans and tell me you don’t see a trend there.

  4. lol….You see, Alfonzians came down from the heavens above many score and milleniums ago, and they mated with Homiogingernids and out came the Orangutangs, the Gingerthals, and the Homiogingerous man.

  5. Congratulations. You’re the only person I know who won’t be insulted if someone calls you a Neanderthal.

  6. Lindsey Lohan is hot…. too bad she’s a Lesbian.

  7. I think it looks like fun. BBQs, hanging out, hot redhead chicks, and no shaving. Pretty sweet. Oh wait, I think I’d miss plumbing.

  8. Philly, I had this covered over a year ago!

    However, I should probably update it with a Debra Messing photo. I’m not big on red heads personally, but she’s one of the hot ones.

  9. Hey, what’s wrong with Lesbians?

  10. Yes, well this is NEW evidence, so there, smarty pants.

    Whether Lindsey is a lesbian or not doesn’t matter. I’m sure she wouldn’t want you anyway, Mr. Anonymous.

    The “problem” with lesbians is they’re off the market for us straight guys, but like I said to our anonymous friend, the “problem” assumes that you’d have a shot otherwise, and generally those who see a “problem” would never have a shot in hell anyway. ;)

  11. I could carry this conversation further but it might be in bad taste so I will save you all.

  12. See, now you have to elaborate, Sean.

  13. :)

  14. Lindsey Lohan is hot…. too bad she's a Lesbian.

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