By Kid Reporter: Anjan - Age 10,
Video by Kid Reporters: Sid - Age 9 and Aanya Age 10
Scientists have recently found that humans in Tibet thrive in high-altitude, low-pressure areas that normal people would wither and possibly die in. How could this special group of people be able to survive in these harsh conditions? Scientists think they may have help from a prehistoric civilization of humans.
Labs have discovered that many Tibetans have a certain gene that helps them survive. This gene was inherited from a group of extinct humans that interbred with 0ur species tens of thousands of years ago, just as they were dying out. The gene allows the inhabitants of Tibet to survive in extremely harsh weather like 10 degrees Fahrenheit and amazing amounts of pressure. Normal human beings would die in less than a day in these conditions–it’s like living on Mt. Everest!
Time for an explanation–you might not know what I’m talking about:
Do you know what Neanderthals are? You might think of them as humans, but they are actually a different kind of species. Their DNA differs only 0.12% from humans, so their brain development is very similarly to humans. They are actually the species that interbred with humans in Tibet thousands of years ago. They have some attributes of an icy beast of some kind, which is why their genes gave the Tibetans abilities.
A book that can relate to this article is “The Last of the really great Whangdoodles”. It talks about if we should evolve animals on purpose, and use their DNA to our benefit. Personally, I don’t think we (humans) should.