Field of Science

Nature Communications faux pas

This article in Nature Communications

has this figure showing the phylogenetic relationship between "contemporary human populations and Neanderthals":

Basically, the contemporary "out-of-Africa" individual is in a suit and a bowler hat, and the individual of "purely African ancestry" looks like a thug.

How does something like this get published in a prestigious journal nowadays?


  1. Couldn't they have done a cartoon of (for example) Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth?

    1. Yes, that would have been so much better. There are plenty of black role-models to choose from.


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