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News Release 11-181

Evolution's Past Is Modern Human's Present

Mandenka, Biaka and San tested for DNA evidence of ancient interbreeding inside Africa

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Bottom image of DNA and top photo of African animals with rising sun in background.

National Science Foundation-funded scientists studied DNA sequence data from three sub-Saharan African populations to test whether their ancient, anatomically-modern relatives interbred with "archaic" humans inside Africa.

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