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Why constrain human taxonomic diversity?

Although the discovery of ancient humans remains was first reported in 1833, the Neanderthal bones from Feldhofer Grotto were the first to receive a species name: Homo neanderthalensis (King 1865). In 1894, Dubois boldly referred “ape-man” specimens

‘DNA Fossils’, ancient mtDNA preserved in the nuclear genome: witnesses of human evolution milestones

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) are known to get inserted into the DNA of the cell nucleus (i.e., our main genome) and to form NUMTs, i.e. dysfunctional sequences, nuclear pseudogenes of the mtDNA. Hundreds of NUMTs have