Scientists think that early humans interbred with Neanderthals, meaning we all have some of those genes. And now they think we interbred with OTHER species of early primates as well, on our way out of Africa, where we originated. This may help explain why human brains are so complex.
Anthropologists have long assumed that modern humans left Africa around 100,000 years ago and decimated other intelligent primate competitors as they conquered the Earth. In New Scientist, Ewen Callaway quotes researcher Joao Zilhao as saying, "It was a very simple story. Its simplicity suggested it would not be true."
For one thing, it didn’t take into account how very sexy modern homo sapiens are. We didn’t kill our rivals when we met them, we MATED with them (and we’re still doing it today), which is why the DNA of non-Africans is between 1 and 4% Neanderthal.
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