Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins, Study Finds

Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins, Study Finds, by Carl Zimmer. The ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and another extinct line of humans known as the Denisovans at least four times in the course of prehistory, both of whom became extinct tens of thousands of years ago.

Today, we carry DNA from these encounters.

The researchers found that all of the non-Africans in their study had Neanderthal DNA, while the Africans had very little or none.