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Humans Had Sex With Now Extinct Relatives


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Interesting article...

 

Our species may have bred with a now extinct lineage of humanity before leaving Africa, scientists say.

Although we modern humans are now the only surviving lineage of humanity, others once roamed the Earth, making their way out of Africa before our species did, including the familiar Neanderthals in West Asia and Europe and the newfound Denisovans in East Asia. Genetic analysis of fossils of these extinct lineages has revealed they once interbred with modern humans, unions that may have endowed our lineage with mutations that protected them as we began expanding across the world about 65,000 years ago.

 

 

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44400953/ns/technology_and_science-science/

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big hairy neandrathals get me going!!!

 

i think it is a extremly cool to think that homosapians shared the planet at one point with other species of humans and interacted with each other. i read a book once with a introduction based of a story like this.

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I watched Nova's "Becoming Human" documentary series recently, I highly recommend it. The series touched on this and pointed out how Neanderthals were essentially an evolutionary dead end. Perfectly suited to surviving in the harsh cold ice age world (they lasted far longer than our species has) but once the glaciers started melting they were out-competed by the Homo Sapiens, who were better adapted to change and also seem to grow in population size a lot quicker.

 

Of course there was time for some Neanderthal nookie before they all disappeared...

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Once you've had Neanderthal you never go back.

You would know this?

High school sweetheart. Long, long time ago. I don't like to talk about it.

Gave you your first experience, did she? Just so long as you didn't break limbs along with hearts in settling for modern women after learning love from her.

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Once you've had Neanderthal you never go back.

You would know this?

High school sweetheart. Long, long time ago. I don't like to talk about it.

Is that the story where a big rock was involved, and some mud wrestling? I just wonder...

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