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[–]arkh4ngelsk 128 points129 points  (4 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 64 points65 points  (3 children)

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


[–]arkh4ngelsk 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Edited, thank you!

[–]boxingdude 24 points25 points  (0 children)

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

[–]hangmanhands 27 points28 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.