23andMe Connects You To The Neanderthal Inside Almost Everyone

Even though Neanderthals vanished about 40,000 years ago, their DNA lives on in us. Research tells us that they interbred with humans around 60,000 years ago.

23andMe can tell you how much of your DNA is derived from Neanderthals and how that compares to others. We can even point to specific Neanderthal DNA that is associated with traits that you might have – like height and back hair.

Celebrate your Ancient DNA with a New Neanderthal Report

April 23, 2020
23andMe customers can celebrate their ancient DNA with a New Neanderthal Report, where they'll find new trait associations, and new features to share their results.
Read More

Earliest Americans, Lost Families and a Haunting Gene

March 13, 2020
This week we're reading stories about Neanderthal children, the earliest immigrants to the Americas, and about a researcher who spent decades studying Huntington's disease, the rare genetic illness that killed her mother and threatens to take her as well.
Read More

Why 23andMe Loves Neanderthals, And You Should Too

July 12, 2019
Modern humans and Neanderthals hail from a common ancestor, and non-Africans have some fraction of Neanderthal DNA. That overlapping history explains some of the things we have in common with our ancient human cousins.
Read More

The DNA Download Videos, Take Two

October 17, 2018
In this second installment of The DNA Download video series, a few of 23andMe scientists and specialists walk you through the basics of DNA testing for ancestry.
Read More

A Neanderthal Renaissance

February 27, 2018
The earliest art on the European continent, the distinct red pigment paintings of animals, hand prints, and geometric shapes that decorate the walls of Spanish caves, were not made by...
Read More

Six Things to Serve Your Neanderthal Guest for Thanksgiving

November 21, 2017
Neanderthals were actually quite similar to modern humans and exhibited complex social behaviors, so what would you feed a Neanderthal for Thanksgiving.
Read More

The Neanderthal Cookbook

March 15, 2017
It’s not quite waffles and paella, but it appears that Neanderthals were omnivores who adapted to eating whatever was available to them in the regions where they lived. DNA samples...
Read More

Love Test

February 12, 2017
A couple use 23andMe DNA test to see what traits they have in common.
Read More

The Neanderthal Within

January 24, 2017
In the article Neanderthals Were People Too, Jon Mooallem describes an electric moment where he felt a visceral connection to our long lost human cousins. Watching a group of archeologist...
Read More

New Neanderthal Research

November 08, 2016
New research by scientists at the University of California, Davis, shows how natural selection has purged all but the smallest bits of that ancient Neanderthal DNA from modern humans.
Read More