While they may not have had Tinder, back in the day, early humans appear to have “hooked up” as much as humans, today.
New data, published this week, in Nature Ecology & Evolution, shows that large populations of humans and Neanderthals got it on, during the 30,000 years when the two species overlapped. They often procreated multiple times.
Temple University researcher and co-author of the new study, Joshua Schraiber, calls the human-Neanderthal interactions “complex.”
Schraiber adds: “It wasn’t just one time that humans and Neanderthals ran into each other and interbred. They overlapped for tens of thousands of years, and multiple interactions occurred.”