How Ancient Interbreeding Affects Our Health

How Ancient Interbreeding Affects Our Health

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Sarah Sloat, Inverse
When Homo sapiens left Africa and encountered the Homo neanderthalensis in Europe, the two ancient hominins did the obvious thing and had sex with one another, exchanging life-saving genetic adaptions. That genetic exchange allowed human-hybrid children to skip the thousands of years of natural selection Neanderthals experienced in Europe, and inherit virus-fighting and life-saving genes fast.

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January 14, 2020 at 11:53PM

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