EARLY modern humans probably interbred with Neanderthals
relatively soon after migrating out of Africa, research suggests.
Whereas the trunk and leg bones are of the usual Neanderthal
stockiness, the arms are gracile and more akin to a modern human.
Even Shanidar 1, another Neanderthal
specimen found in Iraq, bore signs of injuries and deformities that look severe enough to result in an early death.
hand is the first evidence ever found of another species showing cultural self-consciousness.
This is an incredibly exciting discovery which suggests Neanderthals
were much more sophisticated than is popularly believed," said co-lead author Chris Standish, an archaeologist at the University of Southampton.
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He added that they have found Neanderthal
artefacts dated to thousands of years later than anywhere else in western Europe in three new excavation sites.
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The head of the archeological team in Mazandaran, Hamed Vahdati-Nasab, told the Mehr news agency, "The cultural material providing evidence of a Neanderthal
settlement was discovered when an archeology student from Marlik College of Noshahr was strolling in the mountains in the vicinity of Bandpey.
One of the largest collections of bird remains from the Neanderthal
period were excavated from these caves.
However, there are very few sites with Neanderthal
remains north of latitude 50A[bar], as only two of these sites have provided information on possible funerary treatment.
Previous studies of DNA extracted from Neanderthal
remains revealed that these Eurasian hominids were much more inbred and less genetically diverse than modern humans.
The geneticist added: "Our main finding is Neanderthal
DNA does influence clinical traits in modern humans.
Does the presence of a small amount of Neanderthal
DNA in modern humans imply that interbreeding took place, and if so, then during what prehistoric period did this happen?
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