Monday, September 26, 2011
In this article it is explained that modern African populations interbred with "archaic" humans. The study, done by Michael Hammer and his team, took the DNA sequence from 3 different African groups and found that part of their genome comes from archaic humans who were biologically compatible to the point of producing fertile offspring. Although fossils have not yet been found to support the findings done by this research, the researchers were able to infer based upon the very thorough simulations that were done. The groups that existed in the past are believed to have come from Central Africa. The article also suggested that interbreeding with archaic humans in Africa lasted much longer than interbreeding in Europe or Southeast Asia.