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Prehistoric teeth suggest Neanderthal mated with ancient humans

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A reassessment of prehistoric teeth shows signs of interbreeding between Neanderthals and our own species.

According to the scientists, 13 teeth found between 1910 and 1911 at La Cotte de St Brelade in the island’s south-west were tested.

Earlier, they were regarded typical Neanderthal specimens, but the reassessment uncovered features characteristic of modern human teeth.

This teeth reassessment may represent some of the last known Neanderthal remains.

As such, they might even unearth clues to what caused the disappearance of our close evolutionary cousins.

Furthermore, Neanderthals were here around 4,00,000 years ago. They inhabited large swathes from western Europe to Siberia.

Neanderthals were typically shorter and stockier than modern humans, with a thick ridge of bone overhanging the eyes.

They finally disappeared around 40,000 years ago, just as anatomically modern humans (Homo sapiens), a newly arrived species from Africa, was settling in Europe.

However, it is widely believed that the two types of human may have overlapped for at least 5,000 years.

The teeth were discovered on a small granite ledge at the cave site. The research was published in the Journal of Human Evolution.

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