How the Archaic Neanderthal Species Continues Live on Through Modern Human DNA

A colorfully illustrated episode of the animated series After Skool explained the concept of Neanderthals. Specifically, when and where they lived, how they communicated and how these archaic humans might have gone extinct but for the genome that lives on through the DNA of modern humans.

There was roughly a 5000 year period where both Neanderthals and Humans lived in the same place at the same time. During this period there was inbreeding between the 2 species. The proof is in our DNA. 1.5 to 2.6 percent of the DNA of anyone outside Africa is of Neanderthal origin. Interestingly enough, this DNA can have an affect on your personality!

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails. Lori can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.