FOOD FOR THOUGHT InformAfrica — Why do many Africans celebrate Christmas Jesus but forget their own Ancestors? If the saying is true that the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living; then why don’t we annually observe and/or celebrate the birth and passing of our immediate ancestors? Are their lives […]
That seems to be the takeaway from new research that concludes “archaic” humans, somewhere in Africa during the last 20-60 thousand years, interbred with anatomically modern humans and transferred small amounts of genetic material to their offspring who are alive today.
University of Arizona geneticist Michael Hammer and a team of evolutionary biologists, geneticists and mathematicians report the finding in today’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
It is now widely accepted that the species Homo sapiens originated in Africa and eventually spread throughout the world. But did those early humans interbreed with more ancestral forms of the genus Homo, for example Homo erectus, the “upright walking man,” Homo habilis, – the “tool-using man” or Homo neanderthalensis, the first artists of cave-painting fame?