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Ancient DNA Reveals Neandertals With Red Hair, Fair Complexions

Science  26 Oct 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5850, pp. 546-547
DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5850.546

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A pigmentation gene from the bones of two Neandertals, reported online this week in Science (www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1147417), indicates that at least some Neandertals had pale skin and red hair, similar to some of the Homo sapiens who today inhabit their European homeland.