We’ve known for a while that ancient humans got busy with Neanderthals, but how exactly did that Neanderthal DNA affect modern humans?
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Our Brains Harbor “Residual Echo” of Neanderthal Genes
“NIMH researchers have produced the first direct evidence that parts of our brains implicated in mental disorders may be shaped by a “residual echo” from our ancient past. The more a person’s genome carries genetic vestiges of Neanderthals, the more certain parts of his or her brain and skull resemble those of humans’ evolutionary cousins that went extinct 40,000 years ago.”
Neanderthal DNA Is Being Purged From Our Genomes
“Another Neanderthal extinction is taking place now, and it’s happening in our genomes, suggests new research that finds natural selection is slowly removing Neanderthal genetic variants from modern populations.”
Neanderthal-Human Sex Happened Earlier
“Remains of a Neanderthal woman who lived around 100,000 years ago in the Altai Mountains of Siberia reveal that human and Neanderthals mated much earlier than previously thought. One or more of her relatives were actually humans, a new study shows.”
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