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Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin: Neanderthals Deciphered

Recent science strongly indicate that some Neanderthals had pale skin and red hair, similar to those Homo sapiens who are descendants from Europe. The international research team extracted a pigmentation gene, mc1r, from the bones of two Neanderthals, see below article for more information.

Fora TV presents Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. He details the curious discovery of a genetic integration between Neanderthals and modern humans around 60,000 years ago.

The Neanderthals are a now-extinct species or subspecies within the genus Homo and closely related to modern humans. They  partly evolved in and around Europe. The first proto-Neanderthal traits appeared in Europe as early as 600,000–350,000 years ago.

Dr. Jean-Jacques Hublin: Neanderthals Deciphered from California Academy of Sciences on FORA.tv

More information and reference:
A Melanocortin 1 Receptor Allele Suggests Varying Pigmentation Among Neanderthals
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/318/5855/1453.abstract

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