Research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred (w/BBC Documentary)

Photo:  First reconstruction of Neanderthal man. CREDIT: Hermann Schaaffhausen SOURCE Wikimedia Commons

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Public release date: 13-Aug-2012

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Findings point to common ancestry to explain genetic similarities

New research raises questions about the theory that modern humans and Neanderthals at some point interbred, known as hybridisation. The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests that common ancestry, not hybridisation, better explains the average 1-4 per cent DNA that those of European and Asian descent (Eurasians) share with Neanderthals. It was published today, 13 August, in the journal PNAS.

In the last two years, a number of studies have suggested that modern humans and Neanderthals had at some point interbred. Genetic evidence shows that on average Eurasians and Neanderthals share between 1-4 per cent of their DNA. In contrast, Africans have almost none of the Neanderthal genome. The previous studies concluded that these differences could be explained by hybridisation which occurred as modern humans exited Africa and bred with the Neanderthals who already inhabited Europe. . . . Read Complete Report

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Neanderthal (BBC Documentary)

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