Tooth study finds no common ancestor for humans and Neanderthals (Video)

October 21, 2013 7:07 PM

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The researchers examined the fossils of 1,200 molars and premolars from 13 species or types of hominins - humans and human relatives and ancestors. No common ancestor linking Neanderthals and modern humans could be found by morphological, molecular, or statistical methods.

The researchers conclude that “none of the hominins usually proposed as a common ancestor, such as Homo heidelbergensis, Homo erectus, and Homo antecessor, is a satisfactory match.”

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