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A pan-African population analysis suggests populations in sub-Saharan African experienced archaic gene flow from "an early divergent and currently extinct ghost modern human lineage." As it reports in Genome Biology, an international team led by investigators in Spain analyzed new and available whole-genome sequence data for 21 African individuals from 15 agriculturalist or hunter-gatherer populations.

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