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Modern humans split from Neanderthals far earlier than thought: study

WASHINGTON:Scientists seeking to unlock the mysteries of human evolution have in recent years relied on increasingly sophisticated DNA techniques that provide molecular clocks to date the remains of our ancient ancestors. But a new analysis that instead examines fossil teeth provides an alternative approach -- and one which yields a significantly earlier date for the divergence between modern humans and Neanderthals. The study by Aida Gomez-Robles from University College London proposes that the two species last common ancestor may have lived 800,000 years ago, entering a debate that is hotly contested among anthropologists. The new timeline is between 200,000 to 400,000 years earlier...


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