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(Newsweek)   Scientists have discovered how the first human got herpes, and it turns out it was an ad hominin occurrence   ( newsweek.com) divider line
    More: PSA, genital herpes, Human, virus, Human evolution, P. boisei, HSV2 likely spread, initial infection, Homo erectus  
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2017-10-02 02:17:39 AM  
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"Underdown doesn't think the initial infection was sexually transmitted because. It's highly unlikely that humans would have found the P. boisei "sexually appealing," he says. "

Seems the anthropologist doesn't understand the male human very well.
2017-10-02 10:44:24 AM  
3 votes:
I expect the science community is going to really thumbs down this one.  It is complete B.S. It been clear for a long time that there are many branches of the hominins and as we continue to find new ones that they far unknown ones than known ones especially when you consider the ones we have come from a few regions which have exposed strata (or cave deposits) of the appropriate age. A lineage living in West Africa would almost certainly not be found for example as most of the exposed strata is in the Rift Valley in the East.  Even if we suspect our lineage got it from another closely related lineage, the is no way to know which one it was unless we get lucky enough to get biological samples and that seems unlikely given the age.  And all of this assumes that we did not get it from proto-chimps or proto-gorillas which are also close relatives and thus going to be hard to rule out as carriers.
2017-10-02 10:46:37 AM  
2 votes:

TheMysteriousStranger: I expect the science community is going to really thumbs down this one.  It is complete B.S. It been clear for a long time that there are many branches of the hominins and as we continue to find new ones that they far unknown ones than known ones especially when you consider the ones we have come from a few regions which have exposed strata (or cave deposits) of the appropriate age. A lineage living in West Africa would almost certainly not be found for example as most of the exposed strata is in the Rift Valley in the East.  Even if we suspect our lineage got it from another closely related lineage, the is no way to know which one it was unless we get lucky enough to get biological samples and that seems unlikely given the age.  And all of this assumes that we did not get it from proto-chimps or proto-gorillas which are also close relatives and thus going to be hard to rule out as carriers.


I will add, I've long notice that most fossil guys want humans evolving in the area that they are actually looking for fossils.   Africa is a big place.  We have got to expect that places unexplored for fossils might have had hominins living in them in the past.
2017-10-02 09:00:17 AM  
2 votes:

bikkurikun: "Underdown doesn't think the initial infection was sexually transmitted because. It's highly unlikely that humans would have found the P. boisei "sexually appealing," he says. "

Seems the anthropologist doesn't understand the male human very well.


Done in one!
2017-10-02 04:50:13 AM  
2 votes:
"But how did the virus, stuck among our ancient chimpanzee cousins, make the leap into humans (especially considering that today HSV2 is usually transmitted through sexual intercourse)?"

Seems the answer is present in the question.
2017-10-02 12:15:26 PM  
1 vote:

bikkurikun: "Underdown doesn't think the initial infection was sexually transmitted because. It's highly unlikely that humans would have found the P. boisei "sexually appealing," he says. "

Seems the anthropologist doesn't understand the male human very well.


I'm gonna go with "ape rape" for $500, Alex.
2017-10-02 07:34:15 AM  
1 vote:

668NeighborOfTheBeast: LesserEvil: The first human got herpes? Damn, it didn't even wait until the second or third human to strike. We never had a chance.

Look at your avatar, pretty sure you're safe bro.


I wish that were so, but your mom had other plans.
 
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