Have Neanderthals and modern humans interbred?



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    This issue is still far from settled: the first link below shows a discussion going on right now about what we can learn from how Neanderthal teeth compare to our own. Part of the controversy comes from the fact that it’s hard to say from molecular data if Neanderthals and Homo sapiens sapiens (us) can be considered the dame species or not. According to the biological species concept, only members of the same species can interbreed and produce viable offspring, but when one of the species is extinct it is impossible to say for sure. That being said, the majority of the evidence from sequencing Neanderthal DNA seems to suggest that they rarely bred with modern man, if ever.

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