Talking about Humans and Neanderthals Might Have Interbred | LiveScience

By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 30 October 2006 05:05 pm ET

Quote:

Anthropologists have long wondered what happened when the two species met as modern humans spread from Africa into Neanderthal territory in Eurasia: did the populations interbreed or did modern humans simply replace their cousins?

Continuing to say:

They found a swelling at the back of skull, called an occipital bun, which is the result of differential brain growth and is commonly found in Neanderthal skulls. Also, the arrangement of muscle attachment at the back of the jaw was a trait of Neanderthals. This evidence of interbreeding shows that “[the two groups] saw each other as socially appropriate mates,” Trinkaus said.  Early modern humans and Neanderthals were two branches of the human family tree that differed primarily in the anatomical pattern, with humans eventually becoming the dominate pattern. Though humans and Neanderthals were different species, Trinkaus points out that most closely related species that haven not been separated for long amounts of time can still breed and produce fertile offspring.

It is possible that people with European ancestry could also have Neanderthal ancestry, according to Trinkaus, though how much is uncertain.


Humans and Neanderthals Might Have Interbred | LiveScience Humans and Neanderthals Might Have Interbred – By Andrea Thompson, LiveScience Staff Writer
posted: 30 October 2006 05:05 pm ET

 

Wow, intriguing and well written and who knows…

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s