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Neanderthal genes tell us about how old our ancestors were when they had children

The authors from Aarhus University in Denmark and the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany with PhD student Moisès Coll Macià, BiRC, as first author of the study used Neanderthal fragments scattered in non-African genomes as molecular clocks to estimate generation intervals in Eurasian and American populations.

Fraghment length
Credit: Anna Troya Bruguer

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The article, Different historical generation intervals in human populations inferred from Neanderthal fragment lengths and mutation signatures, was published in Nature Communications, September 2021.

Find the article here DOI 10.1038/s41467-021-25524-4