The skeletal remains of what is thought to be a cross between a human and a Neanderthal have been found.
The remains date back to between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago and are believed to represent the first direct evidence of human and Neanderthal interbreeding. A genetic analysis suggests that the individual was the offspring of a female Neanderthal and a male human. It has long been thought that the two species interbred and that even today's human population still contain traces of Neanderthal DNA.
Modern humans and Neanderthals were thought to have both lived in Europe for several thousand years before Neanderthals eventually disappeared around 30,000 years ago. The ways in which the two species interacted while living alongside one another is a topic of continued interest for scientists.
"The skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy 40,000-30,000 years ago are believed to be that of a human/Neanderthal hybrid, according to a paper in PLoS ONE."
View: Full article | Source: Discovery News
Discuss: View comments (62)