FloydA: Yes, the Max Planck Institute published the Neandertal Genome in 2010 (searchable), derived from three individuals. It would be great to see if the two species were genetically compatible, and that would certainly be a good step towards answering the question. If I had grad school to do over again, I'd be really interested in doing that type of interdisciplinary work. I'd live to see it done, and I'm sure someone is already working on it, although I haven't heard anything specific.If it turns out that we were genetically compatible, then I agree completely that it's almost certain modern humans are hybrids of "Cro-Magnon" and neandertals, no matter what the geographic distribution suggests. Right now, I'd be surprised, but not overly so. My opinions are sure to change as more evidence becomes available.
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