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Earliest known human-Neanderthal interbreeding. Occurred after a failed human migration out of Africa. Humans may have been unequipped to make forays into Neanderthal territory. Event detected by finding human DNA in a Neanderthal.

First Human-Neanderthal Contact Web Pages[]

Classification[]

  • Quaternary Period (2.58-0.00 MYA) - The current Period. The age of humans. This time is the "current ice age", the Quaternary Glaciation.
    • Holocene Epoch (11.7-0 TYA) - The current epoch. The age of modern man. The current interglacial of the Quaternary Glaciation.
    • Pleistocene Epoch (2.58-0.0117 MYA) - The previous epoch. Includes the beginning of the Quaternary Glaciation, several inter-glacials, up until the beginning of the current interglacial.
      • Tarantian Age (126-11.7 TYA) - The Late Pleistocene. Defined as the beginning of the Eemian Interglacial until the end of the last glacial period of the last ice age.
      • Ionian Age (781-126 TYA) - The Middle Pleistocene. Neanderthals developed in this era (400 TYA). The earliest known human DNA dates to this time as does the beginning of the extinction of large mammals (132 TYA).
        • Event: First Human-Neanderthal Contact (100 TYA) - Earliest known human-Neanderthal interbreeding. Occurred after a failed human migration out of Africa. Humans may have been unequipped to make forays into Neanderthal territory. Event detected by finding human DNA in a Neanderthal.

First Human-Neanderthal Contact In the News[]

Neanderthals mates with modern humans much earlier than previously though (2016)[]

Human DNA found in an Neanderthal suggests failed migration out of Africa and early interbreeding.
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