Your inner Neanderthal: Fossil bits of Neanderthal DNA hide in human genome, influence skin

  • by: SETH BORENSTEIN , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 29, 2014 - 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON — Next time you call someone a Neanderthal, better look in a mirror. Many of the genes that help determine most people's skin and hair are more Neanderthal than not, according to two new studies that look at the DNA fossils hidden in the modern human genome.