Scientists have found the skeletal remains of an individual living in northern Italy - 40,000-30,000 years ago — believed to have been born from a human father and a Neanderthal mother, a new study claims.
If the theory, that the remains belonged to the first such known hybrid,
is proven correct, it will provide direct evidence that humans and Neanderthals interbred.
Previous genetic studies have determined the DNA of people with European and Asian ancestry to be 1 to 4% Neanderthal, Discovery News reported.
In the present study, the researchers focused on the individual’s jaw, which was unearthed at a rock-shelter called in the Monti Lessini region of Italy.