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Human Diseases From Africa May Have Doomed Neanderthals

Diseases brought by modern humans from Africa, could have helped drive European neanderthals to extinction, according to a new study. Writing in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, researchers from Cambridge and Oxford Brookes say since both species are hominins, “it would have been easier for pathogens to jump populations.” The researchers reached their conclusions based on the study of pathogen genomes and ancient bones, which they say reveal that “some infectious diseases...

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