Shedding light on Neanderthal interbreeding

November 7, 2014 6:45 AM

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Washington - DNA extracted from the skeleton of a man who lived in Russia about 37 000 years ago is giving scientists new insights into the genetic history of Europeans including interbreeding that took place with Neanderthals more than 50 000 years ago.

Scientists said on Thursday they used DNA taken from the man's left tibia to sequence the genome of one of the earliest known Europeans.

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