May 7th, 2010
Neanderthals have always been portrayed as primitive ape-like savages, who died out because they just weren't as smart as the other more up-scale breeds of human. Namely us...
News is now coming out that these apparently ape-like savages, weren't all that ape-like after all...
Well, not if the interbreeding theory is to be believed.
Any human whose ancestral group developed outside Africa has a little Neanderthal in them – between 1 and 4 per cent of their genome, Pääbo's team estimates. In other words, humans and Neanderthals had sex and had hybrid offspring. A small amount of that genetic mingling survives in "non-Africans" today: Neanderthals didn't live in Africa, which is why sub-Saharan African populations have no trace of Neanderthal DNA.
I wonder how right-wing fundamentalists will take this news?
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