Thursday, August 5

How our Neanderthal genetic footprint influences sleep, mood, and response to covid-19

  • Lorenza Coppola Bove
  • The Conversation*

Recreation of the face of a Neanderthal woman

Image source, Getty Images


Neanderthals disappeared 40,000 years ago.

The discovery made in the Guattari Cave (Rome, Italy) of the remains of nine Neanderthals – the true lords of the west (of Europe, although their range was wider) – could offer us another look at our evolutionary history.

It is a very important find, as it constitutes another fundamental piece to clarify our origins and our past, and reveals that its heritage continues to exist today.

Today, this inheritance affects many aspects of our daily lives and, as has been found in a recent study, its genes partly influence our susceptibility to covid-19.

It seems that the heritage of the Neanderthals will not end in oblivion after their disappearance 40,000 years ago. In fact, individuals of Eurasian origin carry in their ADN a 2 % coming from them.

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