Genetic evidence for complex speciation of humans and chimpanzees

  title={Genetic evidence for complex speciation of humans and chimpanzees},
  author={N. Patterson and D. Richter and S. Gnerre and E. Lander and D. Reich},
  • N. Patterson, D. Richter, +2 authors D. Reich
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The genetic divergence time between two species varies substantially across the genome, conveying important information about the timing and process of speciation. Here we develop a framework for studying this variation and apply it to about 20 million base pairs of aligned sequence from humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and more distantly related primates. Human–chimpanzee genetic divergence varies from less than 84% to more than 147% of the average, a range of more than 4 million years. Our… CONTINUE READING

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