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Neanderthals:An Underlying Secret 6

Neanderthals:An Underlying Secret
Jesse J. Matheny
Saddleback Community College

Neanderthals:An Underlying Secret 6

Abstract
When taking a look at our ancestors of the past, Neanderthals being the closest in relationship to modern humans,I ask myself the simple question: what was the cause of
Neanderthals extinction? Modern scientific technology and the ability to test DNA from our ancient ancestors bones are helping us get closer to explaining this phenomenon. According to
Charles Q. Choi, a contributor for Live Science states, “about 1.5 to 2.1 percent of anyone outside Africa is Neanderthal in origin” (Choi, 2014). With roughly 2 percent of Neanderthal
DNA in my genetic makeup, it makes sense that modern humans were involved in the extinction of the Neanderthal identity.
As stated by many researchers before, neanderthals did not go extinct due to modern humans. New research is proving this claim false. Recently, researchers from the University of
Cambridge and Oxford have identified the possibility of diseases are older than what we believed possible. New studies taken from pathogen genomes and DNA of ancient neanderthal bones are showing that diseases were part of neanderthals extinction (Houldcroft, 2016). With neanderthals
DNA being similar to modern humans, they were susceptible to pass genes and inherit bad mutations. In the long run these bad mutations caused many problems within their population.
Bad mutations are passed between individuals by way of sexual connectivity. With neanderthal DNA being part of…...

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