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Germany – Fossil evidence found in Spain suggests that inbreeding between human species was more widespread than previously thought, new research indicates. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, researchers found through genetic testing that the maternal DNA of an ancient fossil in northern Spain differed from that of Neanderthals. The mysterious species it is purportedly more closely related to, the Denisovans, were not known to science until 2010.
The team of geneticists was led by Matthias Meyer at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany.
Population geneticist Michael Hammer at the University of Arizona is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “This tells us something interesting about how our species evolved… It may be that interbreeding was a common process in all of human evolution.”
The research has been published in the Nature journal.
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