Evidence that the adaptive allele of the brain size gene microcephalin introgressed into Homo sapiens from an archaic Homo lineage.

@article{Evans2006EvidenceTT,
  title={Evidence that the adaptive allele of the brain size gene microcephalin introgressed into Homo sapiens from an archaic Homo lineage.},
  author={Patrick D. Evans and Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov and Eric J. Vallender and Richard R. Hudson and Bruce T. Lahn},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2006},
  volume={103 48},
  pages={18178-83}
}
At the center of the debate on the emergence of modern humans and their spread throughout the globe is the question of whether archaic Homo lineages contributed to the modern human gene pool, and more importantly, whether such contributions impacted the evolutionary adaptation of our species. A major obstacle to answering this question is that low levels of admixture with archaic lineages are not expected to leave extensive traces in the modern human gene pool because of genetic drift. Loci… CONTINUE READING

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