Bence Viola Co-Authors Groundbreaking Study

A toe bone from a male Neanderthal dating back at least 50,000 years. Bence Viola.

Prof. Bence Viola has co-authored a groundbreaking paper in Nature (doi:10.1038/nature16544) that demonstrates how interbreeding between Neanderthals and modern humans happened much earlier than previously thought. The study also showed there was gene flow from the modern humans to Neanderthals, while up until now we had only evidence for the other way. The New York Times has reported on this exciting research here. The Nature article, entitled Ancient Gene Flow from Early Modern Humans into Eastern Neanderthals can be read online here.