Ancient teeth confirm reproduction between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals
Breathtaking evidence suggests that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals were on very friendly terms.
Prehistoric teeth discovered in a cave on the British island of Jersey confirm that the two prehistoric species have reproduced.
CNN reports thatUntil now, there has been very little physical evidence to concretely support the hypothesis that Homo sapiens and Neanderthals had sex with each other. However, analysis of these 11 teeth (one of the original 13 was lost, the other identified as not belonging to a human) suggests that they belong to someone who had both Homo sapiens and Neanderthal genes.
“The morphology of the Late Pleistocene hominid remains from the site of La Cotte de St. Brelade, Jersey (Channel Islands)” – le resulting study looking at teeth – explains that teeth express both Homo sapiens and Neanderthal traits.
“The shape of the cervix and the absence of common Neanderthal features in several teeth suggest affinities with H. sapiens in both individuals, while the dimensions of the crown and roots and the morphology of the roots of all teeth. teeth are quite consistent with a Neanderthal attribution, ”the study says.
“[This points] towards a possible Neanderthal and H. sapiens ancestry shared (the probable date of this material corresponds to the time when Neanderthals and H. sapiens were present in Europe). “
CNN continues to point out that this new information is particularly fascinating, as members of this hybrid species have never been found in this particular area before.
Further research on teeth is being carried out by scientists at the Natural History Museum in London.