Neanderthals and modern H. sapiens crossbred over 100,000 years ago

A multidisciplinary team which included participants from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has discovered that Homo neanderthalensis and Homo sapiens crossbred over 100,000 years ago. This puts back the previously first-known case of a hybrid produced by the two species by 50,000 years. This earlier genetic exchange, which may have taken place in the Near East, has not been detected in European Neanderthals. The results of the work appear in the latest edition of ‘Nature‘ magazine.

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