The team of European scientists led by Pääbo Sventa held at Stanford University study that proved a high probability — the mixing of early humans and Neanderthals did not happen.
For many years, scientists have debated: is it possible that when early humans spread to the north (to Europe from Africa), 30 thousand years ago, they interbred with Neanderthals, who already lived there, said anthropologist Richard Klein.
Earlier this testimony were looking for, mainly by examining the fossils. Now, isolating mitochondrial DNA from four Neanderthals and modern five people named European scientists have found no evidence of a significant genetic transition.
This should not mean that there was no mixing at all. But this could be only a few cases, did not influence, is quite noticeable on the genetic development of the "sapiens". However, for more precise conclusions to spend more comparisons — too few samples.
Klein suspects that early humans and Neanderthals were very different in appearance and behavior, to treat each other with a romantic interest. "It's not that they could not, perhaps, but they're probably just not interested in it" — said the scientist.
Battery News, 21.12.2004 10:32
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