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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans, say researchers - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/neanderthals-may-have-been-infected-by-diseases-carried-out-of-africa-by-humans-say-researchers#sthash.TN6VAsLV.dpuf

Review of latest genetic evidence suggests infectious diseases are tens of thousands of years older than previously thought, and that they could jump between species of ‘hominin’. Researchers says that humans migrating out of Africa would have been ‘reservoirs of tropical disease’ – disease that may have sped up Neanderthal extinction.

Humans migrating out of Africa would have been a significant reservoir of tropical diseases
Charlotte Houldcroft
A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of Africa by waves of anatomically modern humans, or Homo sapiens. As both were species of hominin, it would have been easier for pathogens to jump populations, say researchers. This might have contributed to the demise of Neanderthals.
- See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/neanderthals-may-have-been-infected-by-diseases-carried-out-of-africa-by-humans-say-researchers#sthash.TN6VAsLV.dpufhttp://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/neanderthals-may-have-been-infected-by-diseases-carried-out-of-africa-by-humans-say-researchers
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