Evolution: What makes a modern human

@article{Stringer2012EvolutionWM,
  title={Evolution: What makes a modern human},
  author={Christopher B. Stringer},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2012},
  volume={485},
  pages={33-35}
}
We probably all carry genes from archaic species such as Neanderthals. Chris Stringer explains why the DNA we have in common is more important than any differences. 

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