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Ancient hookups gave chimps a smidge of bonobo DNA

Genetic analysis traces previously unknown primate hybridization

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2:00pm, October 27, 2016
chimpanzee and bonobo

KISSING COUSINS Chimpanzees (left) and bonobos (right) interbred in the past. Genetic evidence of that mixing was found in a new study.

Like lipstick on a collar, new DNA evidence is pointing to ancient affairs between bonobos and chimpanzees.

Chimps carry a small percentage of bonobo DNA, researchers report in the Oct. 28 Science. The conclusion comes from analysis of the genetic instruction books, or genomes, of 63 wild-born chimps, two captive chimps named Clint and Donald, and 10 wild-born bonobos. The apes came from 10 African countries.

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