Scientists rule out Neanderthal-human inter breeding theory

November 14th, 2007 - 3:01 am ICT by admin  
The findings are based on a new DNA study, which involved Italian, Spanish and German scientists, who examined fossilised bones found in the northern Italian mountains near Verona and a cave in Asturia, Spain.

The earlier theory was based on the analysis that Neanderthal men were fair skinned and red headed. This led to scientists suggesting that inter-breeding between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens could have produced the physical traits prevalent in people of European countries.

By contrast, the new study concludes that the Neanderthals developed the skin and hair traits on their own, and did not pass them on to any human group.

“The new study enabled us to verify that the Neanderthals evolved these features independently of homo sapiens,” said David Caramelli from Florence University.

“We can therefore rule out any possible interbreeding between the two species,” he added.

The study, which appeared in the recent edition of the journal Science, comes less than a year after two leading US research groups came to opposing conclusions about the interbreeding question. (ANI)

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