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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 (, 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.