What other misrepresentation our commonly spouted? How about this one; "There is more genetic diversity in one tribe of chimpanzee than in the entire human race". I've heard this one over and over and after hearing it recently on a discovery channel program, I decided to locate the original quote on the internet. (the internet is actually quite good for this type of research if you know how to manipulate google) Well I found it, and sure enough it was referencing M-dna . Without even sourcing the original quotes I can also say that the other common statements also reference m-dna . "humans share 99% of their genes with chimpanzees" "all human races share 99.9% of the same genes " How can I know that these refer to m-dna not chromosomal dna without the source of the original quotes? Well it wasn't until the year 2000 that anyone even claimed to have sequenced the human genome, and these quotes have been around longer than that. To top it off, the two groups who claim to have completely sequenced the human genome do not agree with each other. Before these groups announced some of the results of their work it was general consensus that the human genome had around 100,000 genes. These two groups announced numbers between 30 and 40 thousand. The big problem though is that both groups have identified genes which the other has not, so the real number has to be higher than the highest number. So in short, they have no idea what the real sequence of the human genome really is, and because of the large size and the techniques used in sequencing it may be many years before anyone really has a good handle on the sequence of the human genome. The real truth is that there is not a single genome sequence that all people are very close to, there are probably several which vary quite a lot. But don't expect politically correct scientists to say so. If you look up genome sequences for viruses on the internet, you will find more than one sequence for various strains of the same virus. And virus genomes are minuscule in comparison to the human genome.
Looking at the photo of the Finnish girl I would say that I have more of a Mongol slant to my eyes than she does. I also have disproportionately short legs for my torso length, another trait which Eric has mentioned before. I'm actually as tall or taller than most guys I know when seated, but standing I'm only 5'8". I also have disproportionately short middle segments in my pinkie fingers, a trait of some indian tribes and north asians from what i've read elsewhere. I would definitely qualify as one of those blond, blue-eyed, light skinned mestizos of whom Eric talks about. Both my mother and fathers families claim american indian ancestry, although no one really knows which ancestors are the full-blooded indians. my sisters have found no mention of other than white on census forms which they have tracked down so far. of course that is no gaurantee the records are accurate.
I can't really complain about being called a mestizo or eurasian because
according to oral history I certainly have asian genes. But, I'm just wondering
particulary about the eyes, as to whether that is really a good marker
for mongol genes or if it might be an alternative white phenome. The reason
why I ask is, a couple of weeks ago while going through the FAEM
archives , I discovered all the references to Anglo-mestizos. I then decided
to do some internet research for pictures of models and actresses who I
find most attractive. (see, the internet is good for some forms of research,
you can even find the complete sequenced genome for most viruses, I bet
you can't find that in most big city libraries) Probably 95% of the women
I looked up had some mongolian slant in their eyes, more than half of those
were european but not finnish. Since my choice of women to look up was
certainly biased by my personal preferences, that undoubtedly skewed my
results, however it does show that mongolian slant eyes are widespread
in northern europe. Aside from the color, my eyes look exactly like those
of Kate Moss.
I saw your posting of the jew from the post office. I was thinking perhaps you or Eric could put together a permanent sort of faq with pictures off of the internet of famous people to illustrate the various traits attributable to various races. I think it could be useful for many people who may not be as experienced as you guys are in identifying whom they are dealing with.