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Did humans and Neanderthals interbreed ?

Posted on Wednesday, 15 August, 2012 | Comment icon 33 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A new study casts doubt on the idea that our ancient ancestors would have interbred with Neanderthals.

Research in to the Neanderthal genome revealed genes that live on in modern humans, a sure sign that the two species would have interbred at some stage in the past - or so it seemed. Now new research has suggested that the reason we share genes with Neanderthals is because both species descended from a common ancestor and not because of cross-species interbreeding.

"You cannot prove there was never any hybridisation," said Andrea Manica of the University of Cambridge. "But none of the evidence [for hybridisation] is convincing."

"Andrea Manica and Anders Eriksson at the University of Cambridge have now built a model to demonstrate a non-interbreeding explanation for the 2010 result."

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Comment icon #24 Posted by wistfulbirdy on 16 August, 2012, 21:01
Aaand it brings us right back to evolution theory
Comment icon #25 Posted by Alienated Being on 17 August, 2012, 3:34
Aaand it brings us right back to evolution theory Evolution is a fact. Debating evolution is equivalent to debating gravity. Viruses evolve, and you evolved while you were in the womb for nine months. You evolved from an egg into a faetus, and from a faetus into a baby.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lava_Lady on 17 August, 2012, 6:07
It must hance. You wake up one morning, you stretch out, yawn, and then look to your right to see some unknown woman snoring beside you. Ugly as hell, like a Neanderthal. So what you do? As silently as you are capable of you put your clothes on, and run off. And you promise yourself to never drink that much. Ahhh... promises. That's what SHE said...
Comment icon #27 Posted by cjr3285 on 18 August, 2012, 2:24
Everyone has to bare the nasty thought that bestiality is happening somewhere as you are reading these comments. I'm sure it happened then and the compatibility was just a surprise.
Comment icon #28 Posted by Eldorado on 18 August, 2012, 6:15
They should look at their diet to see if alcohol was involved. Humans don't need alcohol or drugs when it comes to "unnatural" sex. As many sheep would testify to, if they could. "In May 2008, Edward Smith, claimed to be involved in an intimate relationship with a white Volkswagen Beetle. Separately, Scot Robert Stewart was placed on the sex offenders register after being caught trying to copulate with a bicycle." http://www.telegraph...h-cut-free.html (lol)
Comment icon #29 Posted by DKO on 18 August, 2012, 7:45
ok I am really bad in science but I just wanted to know...aren't neanderthals "older versions" of us modern people? if no then all these days I had the wrong idea, but if yes, they were humans too right? I am sorry if I some think it's silly, it's only because I don't know and I really want to know. No. Humans and Neanderthals were two different species living at the same time.
Comment icon #30 Posted by DKO on 18 August, 2012, 7:48
I doubt any human would sleep with a neanderthal. Humans are way too cool for that. Probably some pesky neanderthal clubbed a human. Imagine if neanderthals were still alive today, My above comment would probably be labelled specist or something...
Comment icon #31 Posted by Abramelin on 18 August, 2012, 9:36
That's what SHE said... You speak Neanderthal??
Comment icon #32 Posted by Abramelin on 18 August, 2012, 10:11
Anyone remember the next song? I once downloaded the mp3 and I still often play it with "Karafun" and in the lowest key, lol. And I should not forget to post the next animation:
Comment icon #33 Posted by justcalmebubba on 5 September, 2012, 23:28
lol well damn any one knows they all has sex i mean for real can you see two cave men sitting on a rock checking out the other sex and saying yep i'd do her or vice virsa and look at the world today cross breeding happens all the freakn time every moment blacks with white whites with reds an yellows ect ect ect it woul;dnt suprise me any if there wasnt some one at the moment getting their jollies off on okay so i cant think of any thing that obsculery weird but im shure its there sum thing i havent seen or heard about before point is sex happens eather with or with out you life is like the gam... [More]


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