The speed of changes in the humane genome has slowed down significantly over the last several million years.
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At least this is what a new study tells us that studied the primate evolution timeline. The data was acquired thanks to genome sequencing of human, chimpanzee, gorilla and orangutan families. Human families showed about one third fewer mutations.
This is quite a significant slow-down of mutation rate and could be a reason to take a serious look at the genetic history of humankind. Plus the information could prove beneficial towards wildlife primate conservation work.
The rate of speciation that can be calculated based on the study much better corresponds with the rate of speciation that we see based on known fossils of our ancestors. It could also mean that we might have to change to estimations for when we diverged from Neanderthals.
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