The speciation of Australopithecus and Paranthropus was caused by introgression from the Gorilla lineage

  title={The speciation of Australopithecus and Paranthropus was caused by introgression from the Gorilla lineage},
  author={J. Nygren},
  journal={arXiv: Populations and Evolution},
  • J. Nygren
  • Published 2018
  • Biology
  • arXiv: Populations and Evolution
The discovery of Paranthropus deyiremeda in 3.3-3.5 million year old fossil sites in Afar (Haile-Selassie, 2015), together with 30% of the gorilla genome showing lineage sorting between humans and chimpanzees (Scally, 2012), and a NUMT ("nuclear mitochondrial DNA segment") that is shared by both gorillas, humans and chimpanzees, and that dates back to 6 million years ago (Popadin, 2017), is conclusive evidence that introgression from the gorilla lineage caused the speciation of both the… Expand

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