It sounds weird, at first, to hear that neanderthals and mammoths developed similar genetic adaptations, especially when it comes to coping with the cold, but it really makes sense when you think about it. Many mammals would have had to experience heavy adaptations during this time in order to successfully survive those temperatures, after all, and both species lived in the same areas, which would mean they'd need similarities. But genetics themselves?
Many say the disturbing thing about mammoths and neanderthals sharing the same genetics is, of course, the fact that one ate the other, but even bananas share about 60% in common with our DNA. As diverse as we all seem, we're not always as different on the inside as you might think!
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