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Neanderthals Disappearing from Modern Human Genome

What happened to the Neanderthals?  After splitting from our African ancestors more than half a million years ago, the Neanderthal branch of our family tree thrived in Europe and Central Asia, developing a sophisticated culture. When modern humans moved into the neighborhood 50,000 to 80,000 years ago, the two groups interbred, producing hybrid offspring, with 50 percent of their genome from each side.  Subsequent generations would have a different ratio, but the mix would still...

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