American Association of Physical Anthropologists meeting
Highlights from the annual physical anthropology meeting, Knoxville, April 10-13
By Bruce Bower, 15:21 PM April 15, 2013
Ötzi’s Neandertal ancestry
A 5,300-year-old man found sticking out of an Alpine glacier in 1991 possessed more genes in common with Neandertals than Europeans today do. The man’s Neandertal heritage is a preliminary sign that Stone Age interbreeding occurred more frequently than many scientists assume. Two researchers determined that the previously analyzed genome of Ötzi the Tyrolean Iceman (SN: 3/24/12, p. 5) included roughly 4 to 4.5 percent Neandertal genes. Modern Europeans’ genetic li...
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