Apparently this isn’t really news, but I’m just now hearing about it — Neanderthal Man died out about 30,000 years ago, but he left some of his DNA behind, especially in people scientists are delicately calling “non-African.” Neanderthals lived in Europe and Asia, but apparently didn’t get to Africa much. Early humans in Europe and Asia hooked up with the Neanderthals, so to speak, and although these were two different species, they were close enough genetically to have offspring, and some of those offspring (unlike, say, mules) were fertile. So Whites and Asians today have inherited 1 to 3 percent of our genomes from Neanderthals.
According to a news bit at NBC, the Neanderthal DNA is particularly associated with skin and hair — red hair especially.
I am amused.