Asperger's and the Neanderthal connection
I'm sure there are plenty of aspies on this board, and we'd all love a deeper look on whether we are descended closely from Neanderthals, exhibiting throwback traits like they had. And the improved hunting ability of an adjusted aspie cannot be ignored.
[url=http://www.rdos.net/eng/asperger.htm]The Neanderthal theory of autism, Asperger and ADHD[/url]
[url=http://www.neanderthalproject.com/?tag=aspergers-syndrome]Neanderthal Project » Asperger’s Syndrome[/url]
Regarding the possible neanderthal-autism link
[URL="https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B3dPqM3qgNSiY3p5TmFRMjhSekdyaV8wWUw0MTZiU Q"]Autism: The Eusocial Hominid Hypothesis[/URL]
[QUOTE] ASDs (autism spectrum disorders) are hypothesized as one of many adaptive human cognitive variations that have been maintained in modern populations via multiple genetic and epigenetic mechanisms. Introgression from "archaic" hominids (adapted for less demanding social environments) is conjectured as the source of initial intraspecific heterogeneity because strict inclusive fitness does not adequately model the evolution of distinct, copy-number sensitive phenotypes within a freely reproducing population.
Evidence is given of divergent encephalization and brain organization in the Neanderthal (including a ~1520 cc cranial capacity, larger than that of modern humans) to explain the origin of the autism subgroup characterized by abnormal brain growth.
Autism and immune dysfunction are frequently comorbid. This supports an admixture model in light of the recent discovery that MHC alleles (genes linked to immune function, mate selection, neuronal "pruning," etc.) found in most modern human populations come from "archaic" hominids.
Mitochondrial dysfunction, differential fetal androgen exposure, lung abnormalities, and hypomethylation/CNV due to hybridization are also presented as evidence.[/QUOTE]
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