I got a new job. It involves microwaves and meshnets. I start in a week and a day.
"I was under the impression that cabs couldn’t crash. They just fly way too fast with magic and don’t hit anything like the bus in Harry Potter (the Knight Bus?)"
"Maybe the Denisovans were west Asian Neandertals. It does seem like known genetics of Neandertals may represent something like an earlier iteration of the origin of modern humans — more African than earlier hominins like the Sima sample, less influenced by Eurasian mixture than the Denisova genome, only a subset of the diversity of surrounding contemporaries. But we have no idea what the Neandertals of the Levant or southwest Asia may have been like genetically — maybe they were more like Denisovans. This is all basically speculation, which indicates how little we still understand about the dynamics of these populations.
They were complicated. Their relationships cannot be described by drawing straight lines between fossil samples. There were multiple lines of influence among them, small degrees of mixture and large-scale migrations. Europe was far from a slowly evolving population “accreting” Neandertal features over time. The Neandertals we know did not lumber into their doom; they expanded rapidly, multiple times, from non-European origins. They were as dynamic as the Middle Stone Age Africans who would later mix with them and expand across the world."
— The Denisova-Sima de los Huesos connection – john hawks weblog
"Importantly, for all types of aggression, the variables measured explained a relatively small amount of the variance (<10%) between aggressive and non-aggressive animals, suggesting a much greater importance of factors specific to the experience of individual dogs in the development of aggression. These data suggest that although general characteristics of dogs and owners may be a factor at population level, it would be inappropriate to make assumptions about an individual animal’s risk of aggression to people based on characteristics such as breed."
— Human directed aggression in domestic dogs (Canis familiaris): Occurrence in different contexts and risk factors
Phenotypic extrema will tend, however, to be much more breed-specific. The qualities required to be a good family pet aren’t that extreme; any pup will do. But if you want a dog that can efficiently incapacitate a person, it would behoove you to limit your pool to a small handful of very specific breeds (e.g. pitbulls, great danes, huskies, german shepherds, etc.).