The diverse origins of the human gene pool


Analyses of the genomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans, the closest evolutionary relatives of present-day humans, suggest that our ancestors were part of a web of now-extinct populations linked by limited, but intermittent or sometimes perhaps even persistent, gene flow.

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Pääbo, S. The diverse origins of the human gene pool. Nat Rev Genet 16, 313–314 (2015).

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