Monday, March 10, 2014

If You Are Acting Like a Neanderthal, It Is Because You Are One

Staff Writer, DL Mullan
Anthropology / Evolution

Society jokes about people acting like Neanderthals. The funny thing is the punchline are Homo Sapiens, who are non-Africians, appear to be directly related to Neanderthals. Upto 4% of a person's genetic code may be from a completely different species. 

The first opportunity for interbreeding probably occurred about 60,000 years ago in Middle Eastern regions adjacent to Africa, where archaeological evidence shows the two species overlapped for a time, the team says.
So the next time you act like a Neanderthal and someone calls you out on it, you can now simply agree. 

Isn't genetics fascinating?

Source: National Geographic