Skip to comments.Scientists prove humans bred with Neanderthals
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 months 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.
The proof - Democrats.
Ping for “abnormal angular displacement” of the hips.
It's all Laz's fault.
Beer goggles were available back then?
The Proof: Janet Reno
More Proof: Webb Hubbel
Even More Proof: FLOTUS
Welllllllllllll....they have also proven man made global warming...
Waiting for the picture of Helen Thomas.....................
In other words, Neanderthals were humans.
Understandable. I’ve also done some things parties while College that I now regret.
I always have wondered why the Left behaves like a bunch of throwbacks!
nuff said ...
This explains EVERYTHING.
“I’m a Neanderthal man
You’re a Neanderthal woman
Let’s make Neanderthal love
In this Neandrethal world”
- Hot Legs (early 10cc)
This took place just after one scientist named Bullwinkle, said to another, “Hey Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat.”
Were they from the Neanderlands?
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!
So sick of the template of “scientists prove”.
So you knew a HT photo would show up, didn't you....
Exhibit a: Helen Thomas
Exhibit b: Janet Reno
So, this is how that contest of who can bring the ugliest date to the ball staterd.
Neanderthals are still with us, I see them all the time at SEIU rallies . . . just saying.
Yep and they’re all in the White House.
Hey, come on!
It was 2:00 am; they called last call, it was dark....
Janet Reno: the long hairy arm of the law.
Hey, some of those Nenderthal females in front or a warm fire might build a fire of another kind. ummm ummm ummm :-)
She’s on another thread.
So Darwinists were wrong when they said Neanderthals were an evolutionary “dead end?” Wow, I wonder what else they could be wrong about...
So, my ex was right? Damn!
“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.
Democrats lack physical courage. Neaderthals did not.
Give ‘em the bum’s rush!
“So Darwinists were wrong when they said Neanderthals were an evolutionary dead end?”
Do you see any Neaderthals running around?
lol... just clicked on this thread to see what democrat and/or media pics would get posted... browsing now.
Non-African origin is the key line to the article.
“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.
Do you see any homo erectus?
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.
Yep, since we share most of our DNA with everything alive already.
More bad science - do they need a headline for funding?
Was homo erectus a “dead end?”
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