New Study Gives Evidence Of Neanderthal Subspecies

April 22, 2009

France (ChattahBox) – A new study at the Universite de la Mediterranee has compared mitochondrial DNA fragments from Neanderthals, and they believe now that at least three subgroups may have existed.

The evidence supports the theory of multiple similar, though differing, Neanderthal species, coming from Western, Southern, and Eastern Europe. They also believe a fourth may have come from Western Asia, though the results are not clearly known.

“Because the Neanderthals lived in a very vast territory, and their evolution took place over a very long time, we wonder if there were sub-populations, or if it was a unique population,” Silvana Condemi, a paleoanthropologist and researcher on the project, explained.

While the data is certainly interested, the researchers so admit that there is still no way to use the information effectively, as not enough has been collected and researched. They do believe it will make a fine foundation for the argument of location based subspecies, and perhaps support later theories that the Neanderthals may have interbred with the early humans alive during the final stages before their extinction.

Via: LiveScience


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