Snuggling up to a Neanderthal

I’ve been posting a lot about my Embodied trilogy of Young Adult books lately, but today here’s a quick throwback to a major element in my Adult Contemporary psychological mystery, The New Sense. Research by scientists in Germany has more accurately pinpointed the date when humans and Neanderthals first, you know, dated. One of the two main characters in The New Sense, a mysterious out-of-towner known only as B―, has a theory that he possesses a new physical sense. He attributes it to having inherited a higher than normal incidence of Neanderthal DNA in his genes.

Hey, baby! Is that a Neanderthal bone, or are you just happy to see me?

Hey, is that a Neanderthal bone, or are you just happy to see me?

Just like the evidence of dark matter announced last week, it’s great as an author to see a book’s subject matter appear in the mainstream news. I mean, fiction is made up, but there’s a palpable tinge of excitement that surges in my breast when one of my stories brushes up against the latest scientific discoveries. Or is that feeling just my Neanderthal side, itching to go hunt a mammoth? Wait, it’s lunchtime – maybe I’m just hungry!

 

Photo credit: e_monk / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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