2 May 2010

You know all those posts about the Cornish and the English being, well, genetically extremely similar, which I listed at the bottom of my last post? Now there’s more news. I had no sooner finished that post on the latest australopithicine and the origins of Europeans, than I read a news report in Nature of the completion of the unravelling of the genome of Xenopus tropicalis, the Western Clawed frog, whose natural habitat is in coastal west Africa.

People and the Xenopus tropicalis frog have more in common that supposed. The researchers found that much of the genomes of humans and the frog are startlingly similar.

The truth is out. Cornishmen and Englishmen are not only extremely closely related to one another, we’re related to a pipid frog too. Nature wittily calls humans and frogs “kissing cousins”.

The summary report about the research: ‘The genome of the Western Clawed Frog Xenopus tropicalis’ by HELLSTEN U et al is in Science for 30 April 2010. The full report requires a subscription or article purchase.