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Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals
The Local ^ | Thursday, May 6, 2010

Posted on 05/06/2010 1:42:51 PM PDT by Willie Green

For the first time ever, German scientists have drafted a genome sequence for the Neanderthal and believe their results show that the extinct hominid interbred with humans.

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig analysed some four billion base pairs of DNA from Neanderthals – a species which died out more than 30,000 years ago. Initial analysis of the resulting genome sequence draft show that Neanderthals left traces of themselves in the genomes of some modern humans, the study published in this month’s journal “Science” revealed.

"The comparison of these two genetic sequences enables us to find out where our genome differs from that of our closest relative," research team leader Svante Pääbo said in a statement.

The DNA fragments came from bones found in Croatia, Russia, Spain and the Neandertal region of Germany. But the scientists had to develop a new method of separating DNA microbes that had lived in the bones for some 40,000 years and the DNA of the Neanderthals themselves, the statement said.

“Over 95 percent of the DNA in one sample originated from bacteria and micro-organisms which colonised the Neanderthal after his death," Pääbo said.

Once they were able to compare the human and Neanderthal genome sequences, they discovered that contrary to the common belief that the two species are not related, it appears the two actually bred enough for traces to appear in between one and four percent of modern human DNA.

"Those of us who live outside Africa carry a little Neanderthal DNA in us," Pääbo said.

The scientists compared the genome sequences for European, Asian and Africans against the Neanderthal, and found that humans outside Africa show traces.

"Neanderthals probably mixed with early modern humans before Homo sapiens split into different groups in Europe and Asia," Pääbo said.

Now the group is working to determine which modern human genes may have come from Neanderthals and whether they provided an evolutionary advantage.

So far they have found genes related to cognitive function, metabolism and cranial features, the collar bone, and rib cage, the statement said.

"We will also decode the remaining parts of the Neanderthal genome and learn much more about ourselves and our closest relative," says Svante Pääbo.


TOPICS: Culture/Society
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1 posted on 05/06/2010 1:42:51 PM PDT by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

The proof - Democrats.


2 posted on 05/06/2010 1:44:07 PM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: Eaker; thackney

Ping for “abnormal angular displacement” of the hips.


3 posted on 05/06/2010 1:44:54 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: Lazamataz


It's all Laz's fault.

4 posted on 05/06/2010 1:45:05 PM PDT by Willie Green ("You can observe a lot just by watching.")
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To: Willie Green

Beer goggles were available back then?


5 posted on 05/06/2010 1:45:36 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: OldDeckHand

The Proof: Janet Reno
More Proof: Webb Hubbel
Even More Proof: FLOTUS


6 posted on 05/06/2010 1:45:39 PM PDT by US Navy Vet
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To: Willie Green

Welllllllllllll....they have also proven man made global warming...


7 posted on 05/06/2010 1:45:48 PM PDT by jessduntno (I am not a racist. You're just saying that because I'm white.)
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To: Willie Green
I knew there was a reasonable explanation that explains the origins of the LEFT


8 posted on 05/06/2010 1:46:17 PM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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To: dragonblustar

Waiting for the picture of Helen Thomas.....................


9 posted on 05/06/2010 1:46:25 PM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Willie Green
Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals

In other words, Neanderthals were humans.

10 posted on 05/06/2010 1:46:43 PM PDT by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: Willie Green

Understandable. I’ve also done some things parties while College that I now regret.


11 posted on 05/06/2010 1:46:50 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded, my brains fell out.)
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To: Willie Green

I always have wondered why the Left behaves like a bunch of throwbacks!


12 posted on 05/06/2010 1:47:11 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (?)
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To: OldDeckHand
The proof - Democrats.

nuff said ...

13 posted on 05/06/2010 1:47:28 PM PDT by DUH (roll your eyes at a liberal, they hate it worse than an argument.)
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To: Willie Green

This explains EVERYTHING.


14 posted on 05/06/2010 1:48:10 PM PDT by nagdt ("speak the truth but leave immediately afterward")
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To: Willie Green

“I’m a Neanderthal man
You’re a Neanderthal woman
Let’s make Neanderthal love
In this Neandrethal world”

- Hot Legs (early 10cc)


15 posted on 05/06/2010 1:48:13 PM PDT by P.O.E. ("Danger is My Beer" - Rev. Dr. Fred Lane)
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To: US Navy Vet

Janet Napolitano


16 posted on 05/06/2010 1:48:29 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("Let the Eastern bastards freeze in the dark.")
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To: Willie Green
Caveman Pictures, Images and Photos
17 posted on 05/06/2010 1:49:15 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Willie Green

This took place just after one scientist named Bullwinkle, said to another, “Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”


18 posted on 05/06/2010 1:49:38 PM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: Willie Green; Revolting cat!

Were they from the Neanderlands?


19 posted on 05/06/2010 1:50:00 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The hysteria of Matthewsism and Andersonism has led to a Tea Party Scare that is unAmerican.)
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To: Willie Green

Not me, man! I wouldn’t do a Neanderthal if I fell head first into a vat of viagra. I’m Cro Magnon all the way!


20 posted on 05/06/2010 1:51:01 PM PDT by davisfh ( Islam is a very serious mental and social illness)
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To: Willie Green

So sick of the template of “scientists prove”.


21 posted on 05/06/2010 1:51:56 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer ("It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself." --Jefferson)
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To: Willie Green

So you knew a HT photo would show up, didn't you....

22 posted on 05/06/2010 1:52:08 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Better dead than red!)
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To: OldDeckHand

The President.


23 posted on 05/06/2010 1:52:23 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (S)
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To: Willie Green
There was always evidence
24 posted on 05/06/2010 1:52:29 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought
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To: Willie Green
Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals

Exhibit a: Helen Thomas

Exhibit b: Janet Reno

Case closed

25 posted on 05/06/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Recession: friend loses his job. Depression: You lose your job. Recovery: Obama loses his job.)
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To: Willie Green

So, this is how that contest of who can bring the ugliest date to the ball staterd.


26 posted on 05/06/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by occamrzr06
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To: davisfh

Neanderthals are still with us, I see them all the time at SEIU rallies . . . just saying.


27 posted on 05/06/2010 1:53:14 PM PDT by Sudetenland (Slow to anger but terrible in vengence...such is the character of the American people.)
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To: Willie Green
I would like to see the evidence for this. I would expect that the gene sequence between modern man and the Neanderthals to be 99% percent similar or more. The only way to prove that there is an actual interbreeding between the two is for junk DNA sequencing to be unique to both species. If Neanderthals and modern man could reproduce, then they would not be separate species.
28 posted on 05/06/2010 1:54:30 PM PDT by Nosterrex
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To: Willie Green
Family Guy Quagmire Pictures, Images and Photos
29 posted on 05/06/2010 1:54:53 PM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: OldDeckHand

Yep and they’re all in the White House.


30 posted on 05/06/2010 1:57:19 PM PDT by RC2
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To: Willie Green
Guess it was ‘bout 1977. I was in an alcohol fueled, drug haze, stumbling about a discotec in a small town in Texas and there she was........
31 posted on 05/06/2010 1:58:48 PM PDT by wolfcreek (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lsd7DGqVSIc)
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To: Willie Green

Hey, come on!

It was 2:00 am; they called last call, it was dark....


32 posted on 05/06/2010 1:59:28 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: US Navy Vet

Janet Reno: the long hairy arm of the law.


33 posted on 05/06/2010 2:00:08 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President)
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To: davisfh

Hey, some of those Nenderthal females in front or a warm fire might build a fire of another kind. ummm ummm ummm :-)


34 posted on 05/06/2010 2:00:48 PM PDT by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: dragonblustar

She’s on another thread.


35 posted on 05/06/2010 2:00:57 PM PDT by eCSMaster (He promised hope; he gave us hype. He promised change; he gave us chains!)
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To: Willie Green

So Darwinists were wrong when they said Neanderthals were an evolutionary “dead end?” Wow, I wonder what else they could be wrong about...


36 posted on 05/06/2010 2:07:04 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Willie Green

So, my ex was right? Damn!


37 posted on 05/06/2010 2:08:03 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: xjcsa

“In other words, Neanderthals were humans.”

Zebras breed with donkies, but a zebra is not a donkey, nor a donkey a zebra. Cross-breeds are not always sterile.

Neanderthals were considerably stronger than Homo Sapien Sapiens and, despite Hollywood, there is nothing to indicate they were any less intelligent.

IMHO, their downfall was their women were almost as tough as the men — and participated in hunting — resulting in less children.

Homo Sapiens Sapiens specialized in having babies by keeping women to safer professsions.


38 posted on 05/06/2010 2:08:09 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: DUH

Democrats lack physical courage. Neaderthals did not.


39 posted on 05/06/2010 2:08:49 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Give ‘em the bum’s rush!


40 posted on 05/06/2010 2:09:21 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

“So Darwinists were wrong when they said Neanderthals were an evolutionary “dead end?””

Do you see any Neaderthals running around?


41 posted on 05/06/2010 2:09:49 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Willie Green

lol... just clicked on this thread to see what democrat and/or media pics would get posted... browsing now.


42 posted on 05/06/2010 2:10:09 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: DUH

Non-African origin is the key line to the article.


43 posted on 05/06/2010 2:11:25 PM PDT by ebshumidors ( Marksmanship and YOUR heritage http://www.appleseedinfo.org)
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To: jesseam

“Hey, some of those Nenderthal females in front or a warm fire might build a fire of another kind. ummm ummm ummm :-)”

More likely a big, tough Neanderthal stubled upon the relatively weak homo sapien sapien female, rapes her, and she gets pregnant.

Life was tough.


44 posted on 05/06/2010 2:11:49 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Jewbacca

Do you see any homo erectus?


45 posted on 05/06/2010 2:13:05 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A little bit of interbreeding with the dominant species doesn’t make them not a dead end. Neanderthals are gone, we’ve got a small amount of trace elements left, but that’s all that’s left.


46 posted on 05/06/2010 2:13:11 PM PDT by discostu (wanted: brick, must be thick and well kept)
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To: Nosterrex

Yep, since we share most of our DNA with everything alive already.

More bad science - do they need a headline for funding?


47 posted on 05/06/2010 2:14:10 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: Nosterrex
"If Neanderthals and modern man could reproduce, then they would not be separate species."

That's not the only definition of species (although it is important). All sorts of species can reproduce (and produce non-sterile offspring).

I present, the Liger:


48 posted on 05/06/2010 2:14:38 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Willie Green

49 posted on 05/06/2010 2:15:37 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: discostu

Was homo erectus a “dead end?”


50 posted on 05/06/2010 2:17:23 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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