Estrangement and approach
Or why every European has a bit of Neandertal‘s DNA
Privat Project 2016 Aquarell and Fineliner
This leporello was developed as a prototype for a museums exehibition. It tells the story why all Europeans have a bit of Neandertal DNA in their genetic code: 2,1 million years ago the hominid Homo Erectus was living in Africa. Some of them migrated to Europe and even Asia. Over the years they adapted to the new climatic conditions and became the Neanderthals. Also, the remaining Homo Erectus population in Africa developed further and became the Homo Sapiens. When the climate in Africa changed and became more and more dry, they moved out of Africa again and met the Neandertals in Europe. Modern genetic research shows that in some cases the Neanderthals and the Homo Sapiens had children together.