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Saturday, March 30, 2013
Remains of Possible Neanderthal and Homo sapiens Hybrid Remains Found
Recently discovered skeletal remains in Italy, which date 30,000 to 40,000 years old, are possibly those of a hybrid between a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis or Homo sapiens neanderthalensis) and human (Homo sapiens). The individual's lower jaw is currently being examined, and it seems to indicate a hominin which had a face that looked intermediate between a Neanderthal and modern human. Genetic analysis has shown that this individuals' parents were likely a female Neanderthal and a male Homo sapiens. A rather disturbing theory which the research team has put forth is that the female Neanderthals may have been raped by the male Homo sapiens. Interestingly, these scientists also think that, although these two human species likely hybridized, Neanderthals continued to practice their own culture. The research team will likely reveal more exciting discoveries in the near future, but the information which has been released further enforces the incredible possibility that modern humans may have an ancestry which involved interbreeding with Neanderthals. For more information about this exciting discovery, read here: First love child of human, Neanderthal believed found.