Nathaniel Scharping

Nathaniel Scharping says what many others are unwilling to admit: That Neanderthal DNA has “enriched” ethnic Europeans

Nathaniel Scharping, is Science writer and graduate of the Univ. of Wisconsin in Madison.

At his profile page at, while in college he wrote: “Ultimately, I would love to write for National Geographic or something with a similarily cultural and environmental focus.”

He is now an Assistant Web Editor of Discover Magazine.

From his bio:

I’m a science journalist based in Tacoma, WA. I got my start at Discover Magazine, writing daily articles for the website, and graduated to feature writing, editing and more. I also wrote a series about (almost) every species named after David Attenborough.

I’ve covered a broad range of topics, but I’m drawn most to stories about the living world, the environment and human origins. I’m also a founding partner at Lunaris Creative, a digital content agency for science brands and organizations.

Check out a selection of my clips and feel free to reach out if you’re interested in working together.

UPDATE!  On July 8, Nathaniel Sharping Liked the Tweet sent out to promote this post. — Eric, Editor

Of particular interest to readers of,  Scharping has had his writings carried by Alex Jones and InfoWars.  See April 24, 2018,  “Uranus Smells Exactly How You Think It Does,” Astronomy,

On June 24 Scharping published a lengthy and detailed piece in Discover Magazine.  It has been picked up today, July 3, by GeneticLiteracyProject,

How genes from long-extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans live on in modern human DNA

Scharping’s piece includes many startling admissions that one would not expect to see in a mainstream, left-leaning science publication.  For example, he opens:

Homo ergaster

Homo ergaster, Afro ancestor?

When the Neanderthal genome was first sequenced in 2010 and compared with ours, scientists noticed that genes from Homo neanderthalens is also showed up in our own DNA. The conclusion was inescapable: Our ancestors mated and reproduced with another lineage of now-extinct humans who live on today in our genes…

Genes from Denisovans and Neanderthals are not present in everyone’s DNA — for example, some Africans have neither, while Europeans have just Neanderthal genes. But, these genetic echoes are loud enough to stand out clearly to scientists.  [Emphasis added.]

Scharping goes on to call the discovery of ancient DNA in modern humans “shocking,” and suggests the introgression “enriched” Eurasians today.  Continuing:

Those interbreeding events [with Neanderthals and Denisovans], also called introgressions, did not create a new species of human — they enriched an already existing on.

Africans admixture with ancient hunter/gatherer hominins

On African “ghost lineages”:

Neanderthal DNAModern humans living in Africa may have interbred with one or more hominin species there…

Other researchers looking at the DNA of African hunter-gatherers today have used similar methods to find what they say is evidence that the ancestors of those groups mated with other hominins on the continent tens of thousands of years ago… the largest study, published in 2011, looked at the DNA of 61 Africans from the Mandenka, Biaka and San tribes.

Based on their modeling, the researchers say that around two percent of the African genomes they sequenced came from a mysterious group of ancient hominins.  [Emphasis added.]

Few science writers have been willing to go so far as to explicitly state that Sub-Saharan African admixture with primitive hominids is at 2%.  Subspecieist is grateful for Scharping’s honesty and forthrightness.


Nathanial Scharping writes for a number of different science publications, (all with a leftist bias.)  His most recent articles at Discover, include:

Largest-Ever Fungi Bioblitz Catalogs the Diversity of North American Mushrooms and More


This Citizen Science Project Is Taking On Roadkill — and Potentially Saving Animals


Long-Lost Plant Delivers a Jolt to Coffee’s Future



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