Short one today.
DNA tests show, basically, 1/1024th (0.09765625%) “Native American.” This is about half the average white American (0.18%). Oh, and the Cherokee nation shut that claim down right away.
So, one part in a thousand “Native American” genes as opposed to just “human” in general. but how does that stack up to other things? Well…
Humans have about 96% commonality with Chimpanzees. Not to say that 4% difference isn’t pretty important but still, it does make the differences between humans of various groups look a lot less important when you consider that all of us are 96% Chimpanzee.
Humans have 60% DNA shared with chickens. If somebody calls you a chicken, they’re 60% right.
Humans have more than 60% DNA identical with bananas. Yep, apparently we have more in common with a tasty yellow fruit than with chickens. So, perhaps a comeback of someone calls you a chicken? Yeah, well you’re a banana. The genes in question are those involved in the inner workings of cells which are extremely common throughout the animal and plant kingdoms and involves stuff that evolved a long, long time ago and remained largely unchanged because it worked well enough not to need to change.
Fruit Flies also have 60% identical DNA with humans. And I guess we’ll stop here because “Yeah, but you’re a fruit fly” just doesn’t have the ring to it.