Vanderbilt University's John Anthony Capra tells the New York Times' Claudia Dreifus in a Q&A that mating between humans and Neanderthals likely took place about 50,000 years ago after some modern humans migrated out of Africa. Modern Europeans and Asians, but not modern Africans, have inherited between 1 percent and 5 percent of their DNA from a Neanderthal ancestor.

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