Thursday, July 26, 2012

Early Africans mated with mystery species of humans - The Washington Post

Apparently a gene survey of modern Africans turned up DNA sequences from what was likely a hominid species similar to the neanderthals. This sister group probably only existed in Africa as the genetic exchange appears to have taken place after the out migration modern H. sapiens into Asia and Europe, and the genes in questions are only found in current day Africans.

Early Africans mated with mystery species of humans - The Washington Post:

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Along with the recent discoveries of the Indonesian "hobbit" hominii and the East Asian Denisovans who contributed DNA to the ancestors of today's Pacific Islanders this paints a picture in which our ancestors mingled and occasionally mated with other offshoots on the hominid evolutionary branch. It also furthers the debate on whether homo sapiens ultimately displaced or absorbed our closest evolutionary kin.

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