Humans 2.0: Svante Paabo’s search for our Origins

Svante Paabo’s research shows us that human groups–southern Africans, Western Europeans, Native Americans–are closely related, despite superficial distinctions.

Here’s what we learn about the Neanderthals: 

Neanderthals contributed little, if any, DNA to modern humans. Instead,
they appear to have been displaced by modern humans–the taller, more
graceful creatures with round skulls and prominent chins who first
appear in the fossil record in eastern Africa about 200,000 years ago.
The Neanderthals retreated into more remote parts of Europe before
going extinct.

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