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A rare case of natural selection in modern man Danish evolutionary scientists have registered.
Representatives of the Baggio ethnic group living in the Philippines in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei gradually from generation to generation have developed an amazing ability to dive for a significant depth and long time to stay under water. It turned out that these Asiatic freedivers, the spleen is enlarged, and the genome has undergone significant changes.
Baggio is able to stay under water for an incredibly long time, doing fishing and other marine life. This unique people were nicknamed “sea gypsies” because Baggio are being nomadic seafaring lifestyle. It’s hard to believe, but a lot representatives of this ethnic group spend daily on more than six hours in the depths of the ocean for a total of diving!
In addition, many “sea gypsies” are somehow incomprehensible dispense with drinking water, and some never go to land.
Today, the size of this people is approximately 700 thousands of people. However, in today’s world, less and less Baggio live in the ocean. Many young people go to land, to enjoy all the benefits of civilization, and therefore gradually lose their unique abilities gained from their ancestors. Thus, someday the “sea gypsies” may completely depart from this fantastic freediving, becoming ordinary civilized people.
We clarify that genetic adaptations allowed these Asians dive to a depth of several tens of meters and be there up to ten minutes or more without any equipment. Author research Eske Willerslev says that increased Baggio’s spleen accumulates more oxygenated red blood cells, and gene mutations allow nomads to narrow blood vessels for economical oxygen consumption.