DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa | EurekAlert! Science News

Annette Günzel, © Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

This is a schematic representation of the evolutionary scenario for mitochondrial and nuclear DNA in archaic and modern humans. Neanderthal mitochondrial DNA recovered in this study suggests an intermediate migration out of Africa before 220,000 years ago.

 

Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of an archaic European hominin is helping resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals. The genetic data, recovered by a team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the University of Tuebingen, and others, provides a timeline for a proposed migration out of Africa that occurred after the ancestors of Neanderthals arrived in Europe by a lineage more closely related to modern humans.

Source: DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa | EurekAlert! Science News

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