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Darwinian DetectivesRevealing the Natural History of Genes and Genomes$
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Norman A. Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306750

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.001.0001

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Who Were the Neanderthals?

Who Were the Neanderthals?

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(p.103) 7 Who Were the Neanderthals?
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Darwinian Detectives
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Norman A. Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306750.003.0007

How close were the Neanderthals to modern humans? Are Neanderthal genes in our gene pool? This chapter explores recent studies analyzing the DNA from Neanderthal fossils to provide a framework to address these and related questions. Based on these fossil DNA studies, it appears that little if any gene flow occurred between Neanderthals despite many centuries of these groups living in proximity. For this reason, Neanderthals and modern humans are likely separate species.

Keywords:   fossil DNA, gene flow, modern humans, Neanderthals, PCR, species

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