Tidbits :: Thursday May 6, 2010
John Hawks on NEANDERTALS LIVE! : "I, for one, welcome my Neandertal ancestry.
It may not sound like a lot -- between 1 and 4 percent. But that's the equivalent of one great-great-great grandparent's DNA contribution. In the case of the Neandertal contribution, more than 1500 generations ago, it's an enduring legacy of an ancient group of people, spread across many lines of the genealogies of living people. Beyond their genealogical interest, Neandertal genes might have made a big difference to our evolutionary potential."