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September 26 2012

Europeans did not inherit pale skins from Neanderthals


The people who built Stonehenge 5000 years ago probably had the same pallid complexion of many modern inhabitants of the UK. Now it seems that the humans occupying Britain and mainland Europe only lost the darker skins of their African ancestors perhaps just 6000 years earlier, long after Neanderthals had died out. The finding confirms that modern Europeans didn't gain their pale skin from Neanderthals adding to evidence suggesting that European Homo sapiens and Neanderthals generally kept their relationships strictly platonic.

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