Thursday, February 12, 2009

Speculation Gets News Coverage

Scientists studying the DNA of Neanderthals say they can find no evidence that this ancient species ever interbred with modern humans.

Our closest ancestors may well have been able to speak as well as us, said Prof Svante Paabo from Germany's Max Planck Institute.

The genetics information has been gleaned from fossils found in Croatia. He confirmed that Neanderthals shared the FOXP2 gene associated with speech and language in modern humans.

Comparing the Neanderthal genome, and the human genome he has found genetic regions which make us "uniquely human"

Since Neanderthals lived side by side with modern humans in Europe for many thousands of years, it has been speculated that we may have inherited some Neanderthal DNA in our genome today, thanks to interbreeding Which would explain many bloggers out there today.

Overlooked evidence perhaps?

Professor Paabo's team have found no evidence for interbreeding.

If you can find no evidence then obviously it didn't happen then. No evidence to say that OJ Simpson is a murderer for has been found either.

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