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My Neanderthal ancestry

I've long had a sense of affection for the Neanderthals but I assumed they were irretrievably dead and gone. Now we learn, from two new papers in Science, that people in all parts of the world outside Africa have between 1 and 4 per cent of their DNA from the Neanderthals. The full draft sequence of the Neanderthal genome has been published.

I'm very happy to know I have Neanderthal ancestry. For an excellent review of what the new discoveries mean, see John Hawks blog.


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