Researchers recently published data from a 45,000 year old human genome. It sheds a lot of light on human/neanderthal interbreeding and the human migration out of Africa.
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Many creationists argue that Neanderthals were not a distinct branch of humans; but simply really old people. This article shows just one reason that cannot be the case.
“Behavioural modernity” is a set of traits thought to indicate whether stone age people were as smart as modern humans. However, this list may need some revision; the results of which show that Neanderthals might have been just as smart as us after all.
A new paper claims that Neanderthal technology was just as good as that made by contemporary humans; so can’t explain why they died out but we did not.
Early models indicated Neanderthals were inefficient walkers, which some thought might have contributed to their extinction. A new model challenges this view.
Not all Neanderthal genes were beneficial. Turns out some cause disease
Humans and Neanderthals interbred. Some of the genes we inherited from this union appear to have helped Europeans adapt to the new environment they found themselves in
We thought Neanderthal technology didn’t really increase in complexity over time. But a new way of measuring technological complexity suggests it did after all.
400,000 year old DNA has been recovered from a human fossil. The fossil is meant to be that of a proto-Neanderthal; but the DNA suggests its actually more closely related to a different branch of humanity!