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10 unexpected ways Neanderthal DNA affects our health

Posted on AllSides May 17th, 2024
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As far back as , the ancestors of most modern people in Europe and Asia left Africa and journeyed toward the colder northern terrain of Eurasia. There, they encountered our closest, now-extinct human relatives — the . Over thousands of years, these groups mated and exchanged . Today, we can still see the genetic legacy of these interbreeding events: approximately of people outside of Africa comes from Neanderthals. Thanks to fossil discoveries and advances in genome-sequencing technologies, scientists have made a plethora of discoveries about the DNA we inherited from...

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