Sunday, October 28, 2007

Neanderthals were Irish?

NeanderthalSome Neanderthals, believed by some to be human relatives that disappeared more than 50,000 years ago, may have had red hair, according to a study of their genes.
A variant in DNA taken from Neanderthal bones acts like one associated with red hair and light skin in humans, researchers said in a study released Thursday by the journal Science.
The study provides another link between humans and Neanderthals. Research published earlier this year suggested that Neanderthals had a version of a gene that appears to be involved in speech.
"Our calculations suggest that at least 1% of Neanderthals had red hair," said Michael Hofreiter, an evolutionary biologist at the Max Planck Institute in Leipzig, Germany, who led the study. "They would have had lighter hair all over their bodies, like today's Irish redheaded people."(...more>>)

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