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How Inbreeding Screws Up Your Genes!

Incest has become quite the topic of conversation lately, as it has been popularized in the show Game of Thrones. Why is inbreeding bad scientifically? Join Laci as she discusses all the reasons why.

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“The number of cervical vertebrae in mammals is highly conserved at seven.”

Inbreeding in woolly mammoths: Neck rib provides clues about decline and eventual extinction

“Researchers recently noticed that the remains of woolly mammoths from the North Sea often possess a ‘cervical’ (neck) rib — in fact, 10 times more frequently than in modern elephants (33.3 percent versus 3.3 percent).”

Bonobo: Sexuality and Behavior

“Ernest Schwarz, a German anatomist in a Belgian colonial museum first documented Pan paniscus in 1929. The species name reflects that the P. paniscus skull was first thought to belong to a juvenile chimpanzee.”

Extremely high levels of inbreeding in natural population of the free-living wasp Ancistrocerus antilope

“An isozyme study was conducted on a natural population of the solitary trap-nesting eumenid wasp, Ancistrocerus antilope (Panzer).”

Incest Not So Taboo in Nature

“This recent story went wide: British fraternal twins who were adopted separately at birth later married without realizing they were brother and sister. Why does this make us so instantly and overtly squeamish?”

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