Hold the press... this article says there's no evidence. Not that it couldn't have happened.. but that we just don't know whether any of my ancestors were Neanderthal.
There is no convincing evidence, says Richard G. Klein of Stanford University, that Neanderthals and modern humans ever mixed in substantial numbers, which means that when the Neanderthals died out, so did their genes.NO it doesn't mean that. Just because there's no evidence doesn't mean that they definitely died out taking their genes with them. All it really means is that we just don't know. People should be careful not to read too much into a lack of evidence.
I have no idea why this means so much to me.