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12 Interesting Facts About Neanderthals

11. Neanderthals Live On Within Us

Unless you are of African descent, you are about 2.5% Neanderthal. This percentage is one of many fascinating revelations unlocked by mapping the Neanderthal genome, and it confirms what scientists have long suspected: we are the love children of humans and Neanderthals. If you go back far enough in your family tree, you'll find a Neanderthal waiting for you, asking you to call her Grams. We carry the fallout of this interspecies romance in each cell, and pass it forward to our children. Stay true to your Neanderthal roots, Masterminds.

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