Interviewee: Chris Stringer.
Human origins expert Chris Stringer talks about the relationship between Neandertals and humans.
(DNAi Location: Applications > Human origins > Comparisons > Bones > How closely related?)
Well, my work, and the work of plenty of other people as well, suggests that the Neandertals are closely related to us, but they may well be a distinct species. They diverge from our line of evolution. On the fossil evidence, sometime in the middle Pleistocene, we might say perhaps 300,000 to 600,000 or 700,000 years ago, their line of evolution diverged from ours.
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