Luke
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Luke asked in Social ScienceAnthropology · 1 year ago

Is everyone descended from Neanderthals?

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  • JimZ
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    No. Those that aren't from sub-Saharan Africa tend to have 2 to 4 % Neanderthal DNA. All of those non subsaharan peoples descend from a population that migrated out of Africa and hybridized with Neanderthals and those people share a common Neanderthal ancestor from 60 to 70 thousand years ago. East Asians actually have more Neanderthal and are believed to have interbred one more time with Neanderthals and also with Denisovans and Red Deer Cave People. We aren't descended from Neanderthals but have a little bit of ancestry from them. Most of our ancestors were still H. sapiens.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    No, Neanderthals were a separate species of human that co-existed with homo-sapiens (us), and in some cases mated with said species. We have some traces of neanderthal DNA, but we were not in fact descended from them, we merely interbreed. We do, however, have a close common ancestor. We did not either evolve from modern apes, we have a common ancestor in the ancient great apes that gave rise to the species such as chimpanzees and homo sapiens.

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  • No just every non-subsharan.

    It starts to become close to everyone though.

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  • Noah
    Lv 5
    1 year ago

    I had a boss one time that wasn't quite human. I think he ate human flesh and did nasty things to animals.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    No one is descended from Neanderthals. No not even the people with "4% Neanderthal DNA" or whatever nonsense. That's a measure of one coding area (so like, 4/100th), not the whole genome.

    Source(s): edit: BTW, new studies show Africans have Denisovian mixing from back- migration. Also, Denisovans were megafauna so that's weird...
    • John1 year agoReport

      Wrong. Australian Aboriginals & Melanesian Peoples have Denisovan DNA. African's don't have any Neanderthal DNA nor any Denisovan DNA for that matter.

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  • Whites and Asians all have Neanderthal genes. Some Asians have Denisovan genes. Africans, who never left Africa don't have these genes.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    Pretty much. That doesn't necessarily mean that you have "neanderthal DNA" though, since humans only pass on 23 of their 46 chromosomes to any child they make

    • John1 year agoReport

      Depends on who they have a child with as all People outside of Africa have Neanderthal DNA.

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  • 1 year ago

    No. Some people are still Neanderthals.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    No. But some mixing occurred in the way back. Neanderthals are a related line, close enough to breed, but not ancestral.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    No

    Mostly just those with Northern European ancestors

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