Tooth Study Has Modern Humans Splitting From Neanderthals 400,000 Years Earlier Than Thought

May 16, 2019 - General

Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based estimates, according to new research by a UCL academic.

The research, published in Science Advances, analyzed dental evolutionary rates across different hominin species, focusing on early Neanderthals. It shows that the teeth of hominins from Sima de los Huesos, Spain – ancestors of the Neanderthals – diverged from the modern human lineage earlier than previously assumed.

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