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    The blood types of the Neanderthals

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    We found that the Siberian Neanderthals, Altai and Chagyrskaya, are both homozygous for a derived Neanderthal variant of the O allele, while the European Neanderthal, Vindija, is a heterozygote for two derived Neanderthal variants, an O variant different from Altai and Chagyrskaya, and a rare cis-AB variant. The Denisovan individual is homozygous for an ancestral variant of the O allele, similar to variants found widely in modern humans.

    Rh factor:
    The Denisova and Altai Neandertal are homozygous for the ancestral “A” variant at position 25629943 on chromosome 1 that determines rhesus type in modern humans. This variant means that both are likely rhesus positive.

    As far as I can tell from the informative position that determines
    rhesus type in humans, both are homozygous rhesus positive.
    Last edited by firetown; 13-12-20 at 03:38.
    If you search this forum for "blood type", "rhesus negative" or "rh negative", you will probably see my posts.

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