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Neanderthals Mated Modern Humans Much Earlier Than Previously Thought: Shows DNA Analysis

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(Video Credit: COLD SPRING HARBOR LABORATORY) Based on DNA analysis, an international research team has found strong evidence of an interbreeding event between Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred 100,000 years ago, almost 50,000 years earlier than what anthropologists previously thought. The scientists provided the first genetic evidence of a scenario in which early modern humans left the African continent ...

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Human chin came from evolution, not because of chewing, says study

Unlike the nearest species to homo sapiens such as chimpanzees or erstwhile Neanderthals, only humans or homo homo-sapiens have chins and it was long believed that this was by virtue of our constant chewing or eating ability. But a new study shows that it was not due to mechanical forces but resulted from an evolutionary adaptation involving face size and shape. ...

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Ancient DNA Shows Europeans had sex with Neanderthals

According to a study, there is a surprising genetic unity between the earliest known Europeans and contemporary Europeans, suggesting mating between the Europeans and the ancient Neanderthals. This finding suggests that a complex network of sexual exchange may have existed across Europe over the past 50,000 years, and also helps to pinpoint when humans interbred with Neanderthals, the closest extinct ...

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