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So Easy, Even A Caveman Can Do Her

Svante Paabo is the lead biologist of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.  They have been mapping the Neanderthal genome, and have found evidence that Neanderthals may have mated with modern man.

That's not exactly news, it happens all the time.  Ever been to a singles bar?

So far, they've only mapped about 60% of the genome.  But by comparing it to modern man's genome, they found a 1 to 4% overlap between Neanderthals and non-African DNA, about 100 genes.  They don't think it did anything from an evolutionary perspective, but as far as the difference between the species when they diverged, it's actually quite fascinating.  No clue what it portends, but it's still fascinating.

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