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No evidence of a Neanderthal contribution to modern human diversity

Jason A Hodgson and Todd R Disotell*

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Center for the Study of Human Origins, Department of Anthropology, New York University, Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003, USA

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Genome Biology 2008, 9:206  doi:10.1186/gb-2008-9-2-206

Published: 18 February 2008


The relationship between Neanderthals and modern humans is contentious, but recent advances in Neanderthal genomics have shed new light on their evolutionary history. Here we review the available evidence and find no indication of any Neanderthal contribution to modern genetic diversity.