January 24, 2005 12:51 PM   Subscribe

Sometime before we split from chimps, but before we split from Neanderthals Human beings lost the ability to produce a certain kind of sugar called Neu5Gc) which lines cells in almost all other mammals (Based on mutation rates, this was likely 2.7 million years ago, give or take 1.1 million years.). Interestingly most mammal brains contain less Neu5Gc then the rest of their bodies.

With so many bad science stories out there it's nice to come across one that is written both intelligently and elegantly.
posted by delmoi (3 comments total)

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Look 8 posts down.
posted by Captaintripps at 12:52 PM on January 24, 2005

Is it necessary to do a new post? Wouldn't inserting this in the comments of the other post work just as well?
posted by goatdog at 12:54 PM on January 24, 2005

This has got to be the most egregious DP ever... no?
posted by Specklet at 12:57 PM on January 24, 2005

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