Stranger Fruit

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AP is reporting that a “skull found in a cave in Romania includes features of both modern humans and Neanderthals, possibly suggesting that the two may have interbred thousands of years ago.” A paper to appear in Tuesday’s PNAS (and not online yet) will argue that the ~40,000 year old skull raises “important questions about the evolutionary history of modern humans,”

Comments

  1. #1 RPM
    January 15, 2007

    I’m now thinking it will be blogworthy when a human/neanderthal hybridization paper does NOT get scooped up by the pop press.

  2. #2 Mike P
    January 16, 2007

    The popular press has manhandled every single “potential” neanderthal-human hybridization study I’ve ever seen. Ridiculous.

  3. #3 Steve F.
    January 17, 2007

    “…both modern humans and Neanderthals, possibly suggesting that the two may have interbred thousands of years ago.”

    I thought the invention of a time-machine would be more news worthy than this.