Neandertal Genome Sequenced

Using pill-sized samples of bone powder from three Neandertal bones, a global team of scientists including Svante Pääbo, Richard E. Green, and Hernán Burbano has sequenced the Neandertal genome.

Comparing the Neandertal genome with the genomes of five present-day humans, the researchers uncovered a variety of genes that are unique to humans, including a handful that spread rapidly among our species after humans and Neandertals split from a common ancestor. These significant findings may, in fact, hold the key to understanding our human identity.

The research also suggests that modern humans and Neandertals most likely engaged in limited interbreeding, probably as modern humans encountered Neandertals after leaving Africa.

To access all of the groundbreaking Neandertal research, including analysis, author interviews, podcasts, and a companion paper presenting new sequencing techniques used in this research, visit Sciencemag.org/special/neandertal/ ( members-aaas.org/l.jsp?d=467 … BFyvh8g…A ).

Does this mean that I can get a pet neandertal?

So telling someone that they look/act like a Neanderthal might not be far from the truth…

Easily, if you can persuade a woman to bear your offspring. :laughing:

It could be in their jeans, I mean genes.

Indeed Felix, indeed :laughing:

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