Enigmatic Archaic Human Relative Interbred with Ancestors of contemporary Africans, Study Suggests – Sci-News.com

A mysterious hominin species mated using the ancestors of contemporary-day Sub-Saharan Africans, based on an analysis of contemporary human genomes printed this month within the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution.

“Our research tracked the evolution of probably the most abundant proteins in human saliva, mucin-7, which will help give spit its slimy consistency and binds to microbes, potentially assisting to eliminate the body of disease-causing bacteria.”


Case study produced an unexpected: several genomes from Sub-Saharan Africa were built with a form of the gene which was extremely not the same as versions present in other modern humans.

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