3 ago. 2017

A Study on the Evolution of Saliva Uncovers a 'Ghost' Species of Early Human

A new study has uncovered evidence for a previously-unknown species of archaic human that may have contributed to the genetic makeup of a group of people living in modern-day Sub-Saharan Africa. Aside from revealing that there may have been even more species of early hominim than those that we know of, this finding is part of a growing body of evidence that suggests that interbreeding between the various early species of humans, such as Neanderthals and Denisovans, was not that uncommon.

"It seems that interbreeding between different early hominin species is not the exception -- it's the norm," explains assistant professor of biological sciences Omer Gokcumen, PhD, with the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.

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