Neanderthal genes are being purged from our DNA: new piece for BioNews

In today’s BioNews, I talk about two recent studies that show how most Neanderthal DNA has been purged from our genomes but their genes we kept may well have proven beneficial. Have a read.

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Becoming Human: Our Changing Views of Neanderthals

Neanderthals are cool. They cared for sick and elderly, buried their dead (possibly with funeral rites), wore clothes and jewellery, made art and had sex with our ancestors.

I wrote an article for Shot of Science about how our perceptions of Neanderthals has been changing since their remains were first discovered in the 1800s (before On the Origin of Species, incidentally).

Have a read here.