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    DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    The human family tree just got another — mysterious — branch, an African “sister species” to the heavy-browed Neanderthals that once roamed Europe.
    While no fossilized bones have been found from these enigmatic people, they did leave a calling card in present-day Africans: snippets of foreign DNA.



    There’s only one way that genetic material could have made it into modern human populations.
    “Geneticists like euphemisms, but we’re talking about sex,” said Joshua Akey of the University of Washington in Seattle, whose lab identified the mystery DNA in three groups of modern Africans.
    These genetic leftovers do not resemble DNA from any modern-day humans. The foreign DNA also does not resemble Neanderthal DNA, which shows up in the DNA of some modern-day Europeans, Akey said. That means the newly identified DNA came from an unknown group.
    “We’re calling this a Neanderthal sibling species in Africa,” Akey said. He added that the interbreeding probably occurred 20,000 to 50,000 years ago, long after some modern humans had walked out of Africa to colonize Asia and Europe, and around the same time Neanderthals were waning in Europe.
    The find offers more evidence that for thousands of years, modern-looking humans shared the Earth with evolutionary cousins that later died out. And whenever the groups met, whether in Africa or Europe, they did what came naturally — they bred. In fact, hominid hanky-panky seems to have occurred wherever humans met others who looked kind of like them — a controversial idea until recently.
    Neanderthal-type species once roamed Africa, DNA shows - The Washington Post



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    Actually, I hear it was her:



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    Interesting...especially the "hominid hanky-pany" part



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    Inter-species breeding... I always knew our ancestors were kinky.



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by CloneIce View Post
    Inter-species breeding... I always knew our ancestors were kinky.
    Looking forward to an Independence Day type encounter are you?





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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    I smell Squatch.



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    Inter-breading with neandertals had to have occurred after humans created alcoholic beverages. I really can't see any other way.



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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    somewhere Steve Deace is crying...


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    Re: DNA Suggests Neandertal-Like Species Once Roamed Africa

    This one is doomed for the cave anyway so I might as well ask:

    What is the statistical odds of evolution providing us with two species (Neanderthal and this one) that are identical except for a small portion of their DNA?

    The way I read this they are suggesting that this cousin of Neanderthal has different DNA because they evolved separately from the one in Europe. Just wait for the white supremacy groups to jump on this.



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