Your letters and comments on the October 15, 2016, issue of Science News
Nuts about Neandertals
Recent genetic analyses of populations around the world showed that a wave of ancient humans left Africa about 50,000 to 72,000 years ago. All non-Africans alive today originated from this single wave, Tina Hesman Saey reported in “One Africa exodus populated globe” (SN: 10/15/16, p. 6).
“If the Neandertals were already present when Homo sapiens arrived on the scene, from whence did the Neandertals originate, and how did they get there ahead of the (true) humans?” Peter Goodwin asked.
“Neandertals didn’t race ahead of humans out of Africa,” Saey says. Some