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Press Release 14-017

Neanderthals' genetic footprints are evident in humans of today

Modern humans inherited Neanderthal DNA affecting disease risk and cold-weather tolerance

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Artwork by Karen Carr depicting a facial reconstruction of a Neanderthal.

Artwork by Karen Carr depicting a facial reconstruction of a Neanderthal.

Credit: Karen Carr Studios for Human Origins Program, Smithsonian Institution


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Photo of a toe bone from the Altai Mountains used to find segments of Neanderthal ancestry

The toe bone from the Altai Mountains that produced the genome sequence used to find segments of Neanderthal ancestry in present-day humans.

Credit: Bence Viola, Max-Planck-Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology


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