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Signs that Neanderthals interbred with humans

Neanderthal man interbred with the first anatomically modern humans to migrate out of Africa, according to a pioneering study.

Scientists had dismissed the idea that Neanderthals could have had children with our early ancestors, but a study of the Neanderthal genome, derived from analysing 40,000-year-old fossilised bones, has produced the most convincing evidence to date of limited interbreeding.

“We can now say that, in all probability, there was gene flow from Neanderthals to modern humans,” said Dr Ed Green of the University of California, Santa Cruz, the lead author of the study.

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