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Debunking the Neandertal myth

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The publication of the Neandertal and other archaic human genomes has led to the widespread acceptance that inter-breeding occurred and that modern non-African humans carry a few percent of Neandertal DNA . However, the analysis on which this conclusion is based makes a number of assumptions, notably that mutation rate is, and has been, constant. Relaxing this assumption reveals that a better fitting explanation involves mutation rate slowing as humans left Africa.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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