Sex across the species barrier

2009-11-07 00:00

NEANDERTHALS and modern humans had sex across the species barrier, according to a leading geneticist.

Professor Paabo, director of genetics at the Max Planck Institution for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, made the claim at a conference at the Cold Springs Laboratory in New York, according to a report in the London Sunday Times.

“What I’m really interested in is, did we have children back then and did those children contribute to our variation today?” he is quoted as saying.

“I’m sure that they had sex, but did it give offspring that contributed to us? We will be able to answer quite vigorously with the new [Neanderthal genome] sequence.”

 

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