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Despite being more evolved, Asian foreign exchange student can’t land the white girl who bunks under him in John Hughes’s adorable 80s classic Sixteen Candles

 

Way back in 1980s, when many North Americans were first learning about East Asians through weird and exotic comical stereotypes in movies like Sixteen Candles:

It was against this backdrop that scholar J.P. Rushton proclaimed “Orientals” the most advanced of the three main races, in part because they diverged from the human evolutionary tree more recently than the rest of us.

“One theoretical possibility is that evolution is progressive, and that some populations are more advanced than others,” said Rushton.

At the time of Rushton’s ground breaking research, DNA science was in its infancy.  Now a quarter century later, it seems Rushton was right.  Research from 2013 shows East Asians are a genetically very young race, suggesting they might be genetically less primitive than the rest of us:

The study also found that Europeans had more harmful mutations than Africans did, due to their race being “diluted” twice over 30,000 years ago which caused “bad” mutations to build up in the European population.  Bustamante calls this a “genetic echo.” Most Non-Africans descended from a small group of migrants who left the African continent 50,000 to 100,000 years ago.

The study also revealed that Native Americas showed less genetic diversity than Europeans.  Its proof that the part of the world they lived in was the last to be settled.  They are descendents of the Yakruts of Eastern Siberia who entered North America about 10,000 years ago.

The researchers study proved that life did start in Africa with Africans having the greatest amount of genetic diversity, followed by Middle Easterners, then Europeans, South Asians and finally East Asians.

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