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DNA From an Extinct Human

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Science  11 Jul 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5323, pp. 176-178
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5323.176

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In a technical tour de force, scientists from Germany and the United States for the first time extracted and analyzed DNA from a Neandertal. The mitochondrial DNA sequence they found offers a new kind of evidence for the view that Neandertals were not our ancestors, but an evolutionary dead end.