Molecular analysis of Neanderthal DNA from the northern Caucasus

  title={Molecular analysis of Neanderthal DNA from the northern Caucasus},
  author={I. Ovchinnikov and A. G{\"o}therstr{\"o}m and G. P. Romanova and V. M. Kharitonov and K. Lid{\'e}n and W. Goodwin},
  • I. Ovchinnikov, A. Götherström, +3 authors W. Goodwin
  • Published 2000
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • The expansion of premodern humans into western and eastern Europe ∼40,000 years before the present led to the eventual replacement of the Neanderthals by modern humans ∼28,000 years ago. Here we report the second mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) analysis of a Neanderthal, and the first such analysis on clearly dated Neanderthal remains. The specimen is from one of the eastern-most Neanderthal populations, recovered from Mezmaiskaya Cave in the northern Caucasus. Radiocarbon dating estimated the… CONTINUE READING
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