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Date: Fri, 6 Jun 2003 07:09:03 EDT
Subject: Re: CryoNet #21889 The tallest midget

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From Bob Ettinger:

> In his book Guns, Germs, and Steel he (a) practically froths at the mouth 
> over "racists" who dare suggest a possible innate difference in average 
> intelligence between races, yet (b) offers the opinion that New Guineans are 
> genetically smarter than Caucasians!

Many years ago, I have seen a paper about the physical superiority of New 

Guineans: It seems they are eating some wood eating insects such termites. These
have some bacteria in their digestive tract that produce proteins from vegetal 
fibers. It was said that to some extend, these bacteria would survive in man 
and so produce a continuous protein supply in the bowel. this continuous 

feeding would be far more efficient that our sporadic food intake. Being  the 
nurrished man on Earth, New Guineans are it seems the "race" with the biggest 

In the same paper it was pointed out that insect food is laced with growth 

hormones, some similar to the man's one. If a small part was finding its way in
the blood,  they would get from them a growth boost. This would act on bones, 
muscular mass and brain. It was pointed out that many distinctive neandertal 
traits could have a similar food origin.

Yvan Bozzonetti.


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