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Proof of prehistorical sexual encounters: Fifth of Neanderthals’ genetic code lives on in humans

The last of the Neanderthals may have died out tens of thousands of years ago, but large stretches of their genetic code live on in people today. Though many of us can claim only a handful of Neanderthal genes, when added together, the human population carries more than a fifth…

Sex with cavemen gave humans an immune boost: study

WASHINGTON — Sexual encounters with archaic humans like the Neanderthals produced children who inherited key genes that have helped modern humans fight illness and disease, said a US study published Thursday. “The cross-breeding wasn’t just a random event that happened, it gave something useful to the gene pool of the…