Ozzy Osbourne is a Neanderthal
Researchers studying OZZY OSBOURNE’s DNA have found that the singer is the descendant of a Neanderthal man. It is also being reported that OZZY OSBOURNE is also a distant relative of outlaw Jesse James, the last Russian tsar Nicholas II and King George I. It turns out OZZY OSBOURNE also shares some genes with the ancient Romans, who were killed in Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.
The 61-year-old hellraiser, who has survived years of drug abuse and alcohol addiction, joked that news of his Neanderthal heritage would not come ‘as much of a surprise’ to his wife Sharon or to police departments around the world.
Scientists made the discovery by taking a sample of the singer’s blood at his home in Buckinghamshire and sending it to a lab in New Jersey in the US. Using a state-of-the-art £12,000 test, they were able to unlock his genetic code, or genome.
The researchers also examined the gene the body uses to break down alcohol and discovered an ‘unusual variant’ which could have helped Osbourne survive during the years when he drank up to four bottles of Cognac a day.
‘Given the swimming pools of booze I’d guzzled over the years – not to mention all the [drugs] – there’s really no plausible medical reason why I should be alive,’ he told The Sunday Times.
Neanderthals may have died out 30,000 years ago – but their genes live on in some modern humans.
A study this year showed that ancestors of white Europeans and Asians bred with Neanderthals in the distant past, and their genes have been passed down ever since.
Up to 4 per cent of the DNA of every living person of non-African descent can be traced back to the short, stocky cavemen, according to researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
They mapped the genome of Neanderthal remains and compared it with that of homo sapiens.
It is believed the two shared a common ancestor in Africa around 400,000 years ago. Early Neanderthals left Africa soon afterwards and headed for Europe and Asia, while our ancestors stayed behind and evolved into modern humans.
Then, 100,000 years ago, they left Africa too. Before Neanderthals died out, the two species lived alongside each other in Europe and Asia, and the research suggests there was interbreeding during this period.