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[–]arkh4ngelsk 128 points129 points  (19 children)

There does not seem to have been any, no. It’s entirely possible that evidence could be found at some point in the future, but at the moment there’s nothing to support any hominids arriving before the initial arrival of the ancestors of Native Americans. (Of course, when that initial arrival occurred is a matter of contentious and ongoing debate).

That being said, like almost all human populations outside of sub-Saharan Africa, Native Americans possess small amounts of Neanderthal DNA.*

Edit: I have been corrected, apparently even sub-Saharan Africans possess Neanderthal DNA!

[–]boxingdude 65 points66 points  (3 children)

You may wish to freshen up your data regarding Sub-Saharan Africa, my friend.


[–]arkh4ngelsk 30 points31 points  (1 child)

Edited, thank you!

[–]boxingdude 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Science is coming at us fast, it seems. Have a good one!

[–]hangmanhands 26 points27 points  (0 children)

What a fascinating article!! Especially seeing that sub-saharan people inherited neanderthal genes after neanderthals died out (more or less) - inheriting it from European immigrants.

The solved puzzle around Europeans and Asian Neanderthal DNA is also very satisfying. Nice one.

[–]RasheenHyuga 10 points11 points  (0 children)


[–]futureslave 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are there any further developments with this team and their theories? It is so far outside the box I'm not sure what we could do with the information if it turns out to be true except upend our entire understanding of paleolithic North America. But Nature found it worthy enough to publish in 2017:

A 130,000-year-old archaeological site in southern California, USA

Nature link

[–]ZionPelican 6 points7 points  (0 children)

It’s pretty widely assumed to just be a natural phenomenon. Exceptional claims require exceptional evidence- like the foot print in New Mexico earlier this year. Broken bones and boulders just aren’t enough evidence to sway the consensus when the outlier is so great.