Ancestry of first Americans revealed ...

Ancestry of first Americans revealed by a boy's genome

There are 6 comments on the New Scientist story from Feb 12, 2014, titled Ancestry of first Americans revealed by a boy's genome. In it, New Scientist reports that:

WE MAY never know who the Anzick child was. Why he died, just 3 years old, in the foothills of the American Rockies; why he was buried, 12,600 years ago, beneath a huge cache of sharpened flints; or why his kin left him with a bone tool that had been passed down the generations for 150 years.

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Joan Misdle

Old Lyme, CT

#1 Feb 12, 2014
You can reveal the boy's genome, but can you reveal how he died? I think there is plenty of evidence that he was playing with stone matches in the family cave and by mistake set the family's stone curtains on fire. I cannot tell you how often this tragedy was repeated throughout the Mesolithic and Neolithic eras. How many young toddlers, clad only in their stone (and later, bone) diapers had to die before the use of stone matches was curbed in favor of the far safer (but not foolproof) stone butane lighter? You need to ask: where were the child advocates of that time? Out killing the docile and delicious aurochs? Were they busy making extinct so many of our large, lumbering, frankly very stupid elephantid mammalian cousins (once, twice, three hundred times removed)? Were they too busy "knapping flints" (wink wink nod nod) to attend to their kids? Well, how could we ever know? As far as his genome goes, it's a waste of time to wonder. I will tell you outright that he was the direct ancestor of my white trash, dog-eating, brain dead, meth sucking neighbor. You don 't even have to do the math. The guy's a fucking Neanderthal. I don't even answer his phone calls.

Houston, TX

#2 Feb 12, 2014
Modern boundaries should ignored in understanding our ancestrial connections.

Houston, TX

#3 Feb 12, 2014
should be ignored <what happened to 'be'?>
Caryl Voorhees

Old Lyme, CT

#4 Feb 13, 2014
Say wha?

Houston, TX

#5 Feb 13, 2014
Exactly. What I mean is the story not about the Chinese or Mongols.

P.S. Letters drop sometimes in transmission, LOL.
Bob Belillo

Old Lyme, CT

#6 Feb 13, 2014
Are you taking your meds?

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