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Sex in the Stone Age

Bone specimens from the Chinese countryside at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP). In 2008 the chance testing of a bone-splinter at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology revealed a much larger discovery, one that has far reaching implications into the very identity of our species.

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Is it possible early modern man interbred with other types of humans, creating an entirely new hybrid person?