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Mixing up archaic and modern: What is the current evidence for Neanderthal and modern human admixture, and what would it mean?

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There has been considerable debate about the interactions and relationships between Neanderthals and modern humans in Europe. This discussion has been rich in the archaeological and fossil record for decades, but has been given a new sharpness by claims from evolutionary genetics and ancient DNA .

A couple of relevant papers are:

Eriksson, A., & Manica, A. (2012). Effect of ancient population structure on the degree of polymorphism shared between modern human populations and ancient hominins. PNAS , 109(35).

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/14/1200567109.abstract

Green, R. E., Krause, J., Briggs, A. W., Maricic, T., Stenzel, U., Kircher, M., et al. (2010). A draft sequence of the Neandertal genome. Science (New York, N.Y.), 328(5979), 710–722.

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/328/5979/710.full

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Marta Mirazon Lahr Robert Foley

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