Jul 18

So it seems like there was a party 30,000 years ago and I suspect my Singh ancestors weren’t too happy that their progeny was cavorting with someone from the wrong side of the forest: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-07/uom-grc071411.php

Neanderthals, whose ancestors left Africa about 400,000 to 800,000 years ago, evolved in what is now mainly France, Spain, Germany and Russia, and are thought to have lived until about 30,000 years ago. Meanwhile, early modern humans left Africa about 80,000 to 50,000 years ago. The question on everyone’s mind has always been whether the physically stronger Neanderthals, who possessed the gene for language and may have played the flute, were a separate species or could have interbred with modern humans. The answer is yes, the two lived in close association.

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