Neanderthals and Humans shared DNA came from common ancestor, not interbreeding
Published on August 16th, 2012 | by Admin3
In the current study, Cambridge evolutionary biologists Dr Anders Eriksson and Dr Andrea Manica used computer simulations to reassess the strength of evidence supporting hybridisation events.
They argue that the amount of DNA shared between modern Eurasian humans and Neanderthals – estimated at between 1-4% – can be explained if both arose from a geographically isolated population, most likely in North Africa, which shared a common ancestor around 300-350 thousand years ago.
Story: Jonathan Ball, BBC News | Photo: SPL