Genome Analysis Shows Neanderthals And Humans Had Sex

October 27, 2009

Germany (ChattahBox) – A geneticist who has been studying the genomes taken from the bones of Neanderthals and modern humans is set to publish a study that sex was common between the two species.

The debate about whether or not the two species interbred during their approximately 12,000 years of coexistence has always been a heated one.

Nut new evidence suggests that the two did, in fact, interbreed, and that it may have been the cause of the sudden extinction of the Neanderthals.

Professor Svante Paabo hopes that his research will give the clues that will finally break that debate, and find whether or not the two really did have interspecies children, the ancestors of which are still around today.

“What I’m really interested in is, did we have children back then and did those children contribute to our variation today?” he said.

“I’m sure that they had sex, but did it give offspring that contributed to us? We will be able to answer quite rigorously with the new [Neanderthal genome] sequence.”

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4 Responses to “Genome Analysis Shows Neanderthals And Humans Had Sex”

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  2. James Johnson on November 2nd, 2009 9:35 pm

    Please tell me why the complexion of hominids leaving Africa are always depicted as having fairly fair skin? The picture above has an even fairer skin, which I can understand somewhat. Granted, I have seen the complexion of the bush people of Namibia, but I think that the entire story isn’t being told.

    Why is it that I never see western African in the development of modern man? I sense some bias. Is the artist ashamed of Great Great Great Great………Grand Mama and Papa? Shame on everyone involved!!!!

  3. Nick on November 11th, 2009 6:35 am

    Response to James… that is a picture of a Neanderthal, not a Cro-Magnon. It makes sense that it’s portrayed as white.

  4. RB on November 18th, 2009 3:40 pm

    The picture shown above is of a Neanderthal child. And yes, Neanderthals are known to have been fair skinned. Enough of their genome is mapped that we now know that pigmentation defects in Neanderthals (similar to but distinct from those in modern people of northern Europe) gave them fair skin and red hair.

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