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Research Article

Extremely Rare Interbreeding Events Can Explain Neanderthal DNA in Living Humans

  • Armando G. M. Neves mail,

    aneves@mat.ufmg.br

    Affiliation: Departamento de Matemática, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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  • Maurizio Serva

    Affiliation: Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze dell’Informazione e Matematica, Università dell’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

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  • Published: October 24, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0047076

About the Authors

Armando G. M. Neves
Departamento de Matemática, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Maurizio Serva
Dipartimento di Ingegneria e Scienze dell’Informazione e Matematica, Università dell’Aquila, L’Aquila, Italy

Corresponding Author

Email: aneves@mat.ufmg.br

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: AGMN MS. Wrote the paper: AGMN MS. Conceived the idea to build a model for the interbreeding of Neanderthals and the African Ancestors of Eurasians and performed computer simulations on that model for this theoretical paper: AGMN MS.