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Genome from 45,000-Year-Old Leg Bone Tells us Some Things About our Neanderthal Inheritance

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NPR: “Researchers have successfully decoded the genes of a 45,000-year-old man from Siberia. The results offer clues about early human life outside of Africa as well as how humans interacted with Neanderthals and other groups around at the time.”

Ars Technica (emphasis added):

Based on Y chromosome and mitochondrial genome, the Ust’-Ishim DNA appears to reside at the base of a broad group of populations that exist in current Eurasia. The rest of the genome indicates that it lacks many of the individual DNA changes that have appeared in current populations. All of which suggests that the population it belongs to is ancestral to Europeans and Asians.

But if you look at overall relatedness, the genome is slightly closer to current Asian populations than it is to Europeans. The authors note that other data has led researchers to hypothesize that Europeans have had an influx of DNA from a…

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