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    Some people of European ancestry carry genes that emerged in Europe more than 300,000 years ago — far before our main ancestors left Africa

    Here is an interesting article that recently appeared in the Seattle Times entitled "Sleep with Neanderthals? Apparently we (homo Sapiens)" by By Faye Flam.

    Despite the fact that the article and its title violates a few of the rules of taxonomic nomenclature (i.e., the first letter of the genus should be capitalized, the first letter of the species epithet should be lower case, and the entire binomial species name should be underlined or italicized, that is, Homo sapiens), the article was thought provoking and had some humor.

    It can be read online at:http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...owledge13.html

    Here is an excerpt:
    Biologist Alan Templeton of Washington University in St. Louis has found hints that some people of European ancestry carry genes that emerged in Europe more than 300,000 years ago — far before our main ancestors left Africa.

    The story Templeton's genetic studies tell is one of successive waves of humanlike groups moving from Africa to Europe and Asia, first more than a million years ago, again 800,000 years ago and again less than 100,000 years ago.

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