1. Humans, Neanderthals interbred in Europe

Humans, Neanderthals interbred in Europe

As per a new study, early Europeans had recent Neanderthal ancestors.

By: | Washington | Published: June 24, 2015 12:10 AM

As per a new study, early Europeans had recent Neanderthal ancestors.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute geneticists analyzed ancient DNA from the jawbone of a human who lived in Europe about 40,000 years ago, providing the first genetic evidence that humans interbred with Neanderthals in Europe.

Researcher David Reich said that they know that 45,000 years ago, the only humans in Europe were Neanderthals. But 35,000 years ago, the only humans in Europe were modern humans. This is a dramatic transition.

Reich added that there is archaeological evidence that modern humans interacted with Neanderthals during the time that they both lived in Europe: Changes in tool making technology, burial rituals, and body decoration imply a cultural exchange between the groups, but researchers have very few skeletons from this period.

So the jawbone that archaeologists uncovered in Romania in 2002, which radiocarbon dating determined was between 37,000 and 42,000 years old, was an important find.

The jawbone was found along with the skull of another individual in a cave called Petera cu Oase. No artifacts were discovered nearby, so anthropologists had no cultural clues about who the individuals were or how they lived. The physical features of the jawbone were predominantly those of modern humans, but some Neanderthal traits were also apparent, and the anthropologists proposed that the bone might have belonged to someone descended from both groups.

The study appears in the journal Nature.

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    Richard Conard
    Jun 24, 2015 at 12:35 am
    I am so very sure that all throughout history, some guys will f**k anything. This story is the proof of that.
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    cee
    Jun 30, 2015 at 1:53 am
    this explains dirk nowitzki
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    Conrad Woodie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 3:06 am
    Well thought out Richard! One finds evidence of that everywhere.
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    craigslistrr O
    Jun 24, 2015 at 4:38 am
    Makes perfect sense,considering who the world leaders have been.
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    Elbert White
    Jun 24, 2015 at 12:44 am
    I would like a more in depth story. However, this all makes sense when you look at how uncivilized and barbarian the Europeans have been to each other throughout history - and still are.
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    deedee2die4
    Jun 24, 2015 at 12:43 am
    We're just lucky that this didn't work with various animals. Though I have seen pig-people.
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    harry dampsnatch
    Jun 24, 2015 at 6:14 am
    Humans and Neanderthals interbred and ISIS was born. Who would have believed it?
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    jopper
    Jun 24, 2015 at 3:57 am
    more then likely, probably raped.
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    andrew kahr
    Jun 24, 2015 at 1:18 am
    "How can you live with that Neanderthal woman? Why, they can hardly even talk..." "Yes, it's so wonderful, she doesn't jabber at me all the time! And I'm sure she must have some other good qualities that I'll discover later."
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    andrew kahr
    Jun 24, 2015 at 1:16 am
    "How can you live with that Neanderthal woman? Why...they can hardly even talk!" "Yes, it's so wonderful, she doesn't jabber at me constantly! And besides that, I'm sure she must have some other good qualities I'll discover later."
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    Alan
    Jun 24, 2015 at 1:04 am
    they are breeding with humans in the USA today.
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    Yo mama
    Jun 24, 2015 at 2:59 am
    And then there were Italians.
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