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DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex 160

Posted by timothy
from the if-you-buy-their-claim-that-it's-ended dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Modern Europeans may have interbred with Neanderthals as recently as 37,000 years ago, after modern humans with advanced stone tools expanded out of Africa, according to a new study. In an attempt to understand why the Neanderthals are more closely related to people from outside of Africa, researchers from Harvard and the Max Planck Institute estimated that while the last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans may have occurred 37,000 to 86,000 years ago, it is most likely that it occurred 47,000 to 65,000 years ago."
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DNA Analysis Probes the End of Human-Neanderthal Sex

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  • by rubycodez (864176) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @10:12AM (#41576695)

    raped my great-great-.......great grandaddy! and he liked it!

  • by 2phar (137027) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @10:12AM (#41576697)

    the last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans may have occurred 37,000 to 86,000 years ago

    Maria Shriver begs to differ.

  • by turkeyfeathers (843622) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @10:15AM (#41576703)
    And that's still better than most Slashdot readers.
  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @10:54AM (#41576895)

    the last sex between Neanderthals and modern humans may have occurred 37,000 to 86,000 years ago

    Maria Shriver begs to differ.

    You got that mixed up, Neanderthals are from the past and Terminators are from the future.

  • by JustOK (667959) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @10:58AM (#41576907) Journal

    lift their tail, and you'll see it.

  • by theskipper (461997) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @11:09AM (#41576975)

    It's Sunday, what the heck: (Source: http://www.squidoo.com/sheepjokes#module33629552 [squidoo.com])

    A New Zealander buys several sheep, hoping to breed them for wool. After several weeks, he notices that none of the sheep are getting pregnant, and calls a vet for help. The vet tells him that he should try artificial insemination.

    The New Zealander doesn't have the slightest idea what this means but, not wanting to display his ignorance, only asks the vet how he will know when the sheep are pregnant. The vet tells him that they will stop standing around and will, instead, lay down and wallow in the grass when they are pregnant.

    The Man hangs up and gives it some thought. He comes to the conclusion that artificial insemination means he has to impregnate the sheep. So, he loads the sheep into his truck, drives them out into the woods, has sex with them all, brings them back and goes to bed.

    Next morning, he wakes and looks out at the sheep. Seeing that they are all still standing around, he concludes that the first try didn't take, and loads them in the truck again. He drives them out to the woods, bangs each sheep twice for good measure, brings them back and goes to bed.

    Next morning, he wakes to find the sheep still just standing around. One more try, he tells himself, and proceeds to load them up and drive them out to the woods. He spends all day shagging the sheep and, upon returning home, falls listlessly into bed.

    The next morning, he cannot even raise himself from the bed to look at the sheep. He asks his wife to look out and tell him if the sheep are laying in the grass. "No," she says, "they're all in the truck and one of them's honking the horn."

  • by K. S. Kyosuke (729550) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @11:28AM (#41577061)

    Except that Neanderthals were also homo Sapiens. But they were more primitive in their technology, for whatever reason.

    Because they knew what a real woman needed. Real men, with proper real tools, solid Mousterian hand axes. Real woman has no need for the effeminate Aurignacian blades, those are for pussies.

  • by anwaya (574190) on Sunday October 07, 2012 @08:24PM (#41580543)

    You know what they say:

    "Once you go Neanderthalensis, you'll never go back-a-lensis!"

    (Fine. You find a rhyme for 'Neanderthalensis')

    Next time you rhyme 'Neanderthalensis'
    Leave that task to an amanuensis,
    Or someone who doesn't sit on fences:
    They'd just still need to know what your sense is.

  • by Geeky (90998) on Monday October 08, 2012 @05:52AM (#41583035)

    No, the Neanderthals liked technology, but invented patents so that Ug got exclusive rights to fire and refused to license it to Og. There was also some nastiness over whether the stone tools could have rounded edges.

    Humans freely ripped off Neanderthal technology. The Neanderthals tried to take them to court, but the humans had not yet evolved enough to understand the concept of intellectual property rights so just ignored them.

    Eventually the Neanderthals consumed all of their resources in a massive lawsuit that left the earth scorched and the humans scratching their heads and telling themselves that whatever happened in the future, they wouldn't ever be so stupid as to repeat those mistakes.

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