What Neanderthal DNA Is Doing To Your Genome

Humans and Neanderthals split from a common ancestor about 700,000 years ago, and the rest was history. Meaning, Neanderthals are gone, but about two percent of their DNA lives on with the human species. Those bits of DNA can control gene activity like your height, immune system, and more. Learn more about the affects of Neanderthal DNA on your genome in the following video, then explore some fun facts about Neanderthals.

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Neanderthal DNA Lives On

This Is What The Neanderthal Likely Sounded Like

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The throat of a Neanderthal is shorter than that of a human, meaning a Neanderthal voice was likely higher. 00:16

  2. Neanderthals' voices would have been affected by their deep rib cages and large nasal cavities. 00:45

  3. This is what a Neanderthal may have sounded like: 01:51

Written by Curiosity Staff March 1, 2017

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