Science paints a new picture of the ancient past, when we mixed and mated with other kinds of humans
By MADDIE BURAKOFF and
LAURA UNGAR AP Science Writers | Monday, September 25, 2023, 12:05 a.m.
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Paleoartist John Gurche works on May 31 on the reconstruction of Lucy, an Australopithecus afarensis female hominin, at his studio in Trumansburg, N.Y. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)
Paleoartist John Gurche implants hair on Shanidar 1, a male Neanderthal at his studio in Trumansburg, N.Y., Wednesday, May 31, 2023. In 2010, the Swedish geneticist Svante Paabo and his team pieced a tricky puzzle together. They were able to assemble fragments of ancient DNA into a full Neanderthal genome — a feat that was long thought to be impossible. (AP Photo/Heather Ainsworth)