FILE - This Friday, March 20, 2009 file photo shows reconstructions of a Neanderthal man named "N", left, and woman called "Wilma", right, at the Neanderthal museum in Mettmann, Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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A complete genetic analysis of a Neanderthal woman whose remains were found in a cave in Croatia shows no apparent incest in her ancestry, contrary to a previous specimen, researchers said Thursday.As only the second Neanderthal to undergo full, high-quality genome sequencing, the findings in the journal Science offer a broader picture of our extinct ancestors, and also uncovered 16 new Neanderthal gene variants that were passed on to modern humans.The latest genome comes from a Neanderthal woman who lived about 52,000 years ago in what is today Eastern Europe.Researchers also now believe that Neanderthal DNA is slightly more prevalent in modern people -- with the exception of Africans whose ancestors did not breed with Neanderthals -- than previously thought.Most non-African people today carry between 1.8-2.6 percent Neanderthal DNA, higher than earlier estimates of 1.5-2.1 percent, researchers said.
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