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October 23 2013

New Study Finds No Last Common Ancestor of Modern Humans and Neanderthals


A dental study of 1,200 molars and premolars from 13 hominin species shows that no known species matches the expected profile of the last common ancestor of Homo neanderthalensis and anatomically modern Homo sapiens. The study, published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also provides evidence that the lines that led to Neanderthals and modern humans diverged about 1 million years ago much earlier than previous studies have suggested.

Related: Much Earlier Split for Neanderthals, Humans?

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