This column, That Nature Show, is about the nature right under your nose, in our backyards, playgrounds and parks! Stop and look around, you’ll be amazed at what surrounds you.
Waaaaay back before even the mists of Avalon in Europe the ancestors of modern humans were getting it on with Neanderthals, so say anthropologists from their study of DNA extracted from a jawbone found in Romania. “Between six percent and nine percent of the Oase individual’s genome is from Neanderthals – an unprecedented amount. By comparison, present-day Europeans have between two percent and four percent.” I’m one of those present-day European-Americans on the higher end of that average. Call me Crug. I have toe hair. Thanks, Neanderthal Grandma. Read More →