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    05-31-2008, 09:49 AM
Does that mean Americans are smarter because we have for generations been a melting pot of nationalitys? I am for instance English, Irish, French Canadian, Scottish, Dutch and Cherokee? I must be a genius I think most Americans are mutts. I see your point though, when the family tree is a palm you tend to get some undesirable traits along with the genetic "qualitys" you try to pass on.
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    05-31-2008, 12:04 PM
I don't think there is a conflict...I think what you may be describing is that certain breeds or lines within breeds have had some good 'survival' traits 'unnaturally' bred out of them. For example, some breeders only care about halter horses and breed to enhance the traits that make a successful halter horse (in other words, $$$). I've seen winning halter horses that were good for nothing else than looking good and stud fees...and look at some of the TBs at the racetrack. It's all $$$s for breeders, IMHO.
    05-31-2008, 01:00 PM
This page was just to big to post on here. You will get a lot of answers there.
    05-31-2008, 04:40 PM
I can see why "mixed" people could be heathier and all that ( all thpug I don't really agree with them beeing smarter, I think smarts are earned not given too you at birth) but for an example people in iceland have a very high life expectancy (sp?) but we are really homogenus ! I myself am a tiny bit inbred ( the same woman is my great great grandmother and great great great grandmother) and there is nothing but icelanders in my family tree back to the settlers so I also hope this is not true
And icelandic horses rarely get sick, or so ive heard, and they are one of the most purebred breeds, like you said !
    05-31-2008, 08:23 PM
Lol this could go on forever. I guess it comes down to humans choosing life partners and 'breeding' more naturally wheras we actually control most horse breeding and don't allow natural selection etc.

Originally Posted by Sissimut-icehestar
And icelandic horses rarely get sick, or so ive heard, and they are one of the most purebred breeds, like you said !
    05-31-2008, 08:40 PM
Yup, yup !
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    05-31-2008, 08:59 PM
Ok... It has only been like 20years since I was in Animal Science but from what I have left in this dusty brain of mine. Yes, cross breeding does create healthier animals. It has something to do with the genetic square thingy.... ......Gosh sorry guys. I just can't get the mane of it to pop out of my head.....think it starts with a P...... but yea...short answer is
    05-31-2008, 09:16 PM
Punit square?

Anyway, in theory the animals would be healthier because they usually don't pass down recessive disorders.
    05-31-2008, 10:57 PM
Thanks Supermane......Thats what I was trying to think of and say.....You're the bomb!

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