Neanderthal Hook-Ups

You have to love an article with the subtitle, “SOME HUMANS JUST COULDN’T RESIST INTER-SPECIES SEX.” The main thing I like in this article is the map that shows the timing and our likely migration pathways as we dispersed into all parts of the world.

Approximately 50,000 years ago, modern humans encountered Neanderthals and interbred. The consequences of these cross-species coital trysts on human populations today is starting to become clearer: Scientists believe that one to three percent of the genomes of modern Eurasians are derived from Neanderthal DNA, a genetic inheritance that’s been associated with increased depression risk, certain skin and blood conditions, and an increased likelihood of nicotine addiction.

The way those ancient genes got into our gene pool, however, wasn’t exactly straightforward.

Read the full article on Inverse 

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