Humint Events Online: The Neanderthal Genome Sequenced

Thursday, May 06, 2010

The Neanderthal Genome Sequenced

This is pretty cool:
Many people alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry, according to a landmark scientific study.

The finding has surprised many experts, as previous genetic evidence suggested the Neanderthals made little or no contribution to our inheritance.

The result comes from analysis of the Neanderthal genome - the "instruction manual" describing how these ancient humans were put together.

The genomes of 1% to 4% of people in Eurasia come from Neanderthals.

But the study confirms living humans overwhelmingly trace their ancestry to a small population of Africans who later spread out across the world.

Of course, there is a radically different view of how humans were formed, and why the Neanderthals were wiped out.


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