View Full Version : In Neanderthalsí DNA, Ancient Humans May Have Left Genetic Mark

01-23-2017, 06:38 PM

01-23-2017, 07:46 PM

Original paper is here http://www.eva.mpg.de/documents/Nature/Kuhlwilm_Ancient_Nature_2016_2248716.pdf
There was some discussion in this forum 11 months ago, when it first came out, but somehow it did not make much of a splash.
Thank you for drawing our attention to it.

01-23-2017, 08:41 PM
Saetro, here is an 2014 article about Denisovans which ties in with preceding pieces. Need more rock hunters.


01-23-2017, 10:42 PM
I did the mooc on human evolution offered by Wellesley college about a year ago. It is archeology, anthropology with a bit of DNA.
One era they covered was human out of Africa at 100kya into the Levant http://s3.amazonaws.com/academia.edu.documents/37249813/Shea2008_Extinctions_QSR.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIW OWYYGZ2Y53UL3A&Expires=1485213925&Signature=RyHvYP9yX9%2BW%2Bt7b6m%2FIEGQyDek%3D&response-content-disposition=inline%3B%20filename%3DJohn_J._Shea_20 08_Transitions_or_Turnove.pdf
This is the best review that I can find. The lower levels of Tabun cave are the 100kya ones.

The dates of the skeletons in some of these caves were much older than is now accepted by modern DNA hence these could not have been successful out of Africa. But one feature which stayed with me strongly was that it seemed that humans and Neanderthals stayed in these caves alternatively OR the interpretation of the morphology alternated(?) :)
But hybrids were not considered but perhaps they were mixed. Perhaps the DNA could be extracted despite the high ambient temperatures. We can always hope!