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The previous studies concluded that these differences could be explained by hybridisation, which occurred as modern humans exited Africa and bred with the Neanderthals who already inhabited Europe.
The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggest that common ancestry, not hybridisation, better explains the average 1-4 per cent DNA that those of European and Asian descent (Eurasians) share with Neanderthals.
The so-called trial cull should never have gone ahead as the evidence that the ruddy duck was causing the decline of the Spanish whiteheaded duck through hybridisation with it was very flimsy.