Friday, October 12, 2012

Shaking the Family Tree, Neanderthal Edition

The revelations from genetics about the past of our species continue to amaze me. This study from PLOS Genetics, for example, reveals evidence that supports the hypothesis that the subset of humans who left Africa may have continued to mate with Neanderthals until as recently as 47,000 years ago. There's more detail about related studies in this article from Science News--including mention of the fact that Neanderthal DNA is even more prevalent in Asian and South American populations than in European.

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