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02/18/2016 11:56 AM ID: 102676 Permalink   

Humans and Neanderthals Interbred Earlier Than Thought


According to new data by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Neanderthals and modern humans were interbreeding much earlier than was previously thought.

"We now find evidence for a modern human contribution to the Neanderthal genome. This is likely the result of much earlier interbreeding," study co-author Sergi Castellano says.

Various DNA analysis techniques suggest that we started mixing with our now-extinct relatives about 100,000 years ago. Researchers had previously thought that the two species first encountered each other when modern humans left Africa, about 65,000 years ago.

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