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5,700-Year-Old Lola, Her Genome Sequenced from Gum, Joins Other Named Forebears

December 30, 2019

About 5,700 years ago in southern Denmark, a woman enjoyed a meal of hazelnuts and duck, then chewed…
Deadly human diseases may have killed off the Neanderthals

November 21, 2019

For tens of thousands of years, modern humans and Neanderthals lived side-by-side in the region where Africa meets…
Neanderthals - artist's impression. Image credit: 12019 via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain
Scientists link Neanderthal extinction to human diseases

November 11, 2019

Growing up in Israel, Gili Greenbaum would give tours of local caves once inhabited by Neanderthals and wonder…
Rewriting history: Scientists find evidence that early humans moved through the Mediterranean much earlier than believed

October 25, 2019

An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that…
New method reveals how differences in the genetic “instruction booklet” between humans and Neanderthals influenced traits

October 8, 2019

When it comes to our differences from Neanderthals, most of what we know comes from comparing fossils. But…
Thriving in Thin Air Goes Back 160,000 Years to the Denisovans, New Study Finds

May 14, 2019

Fleshing out the details of ancient humanity has typically begun with fossil finds and then, years later, sequencing…
Woolly Mammoths and Neanderthals May Have Shared Genetic Traits

April 10, 2019

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry — woolly…
Neandertal genes influence brain development of modern humans

December 18, 2018

A characteristic feature of modern humans is the unusually round skull and brain, in contrast to the elongated…
Study reconstructs Neandertal ribcage, offers new clues to ancient human anatomy

November 9, 2018

An international team of scientists has completed the first 3D virtual reconstruction of the ribcage of the most…
Modern humans inherited viral defenses from Neanderthals, Stanford scientists find

October 10, 2018

Neanderthals mysteriously disappeared about 40,000 years ago, but before vanishing they interbred with another human species that was…
Neandertal mother, Denisovan father!

August 23, 2018

Up until 40,000 years ago, at least two groups of hominins inhabited Eurasia – Neandertals in the west…
Neanderthals were not cruel and selfish – they were actually quite compassionate when it came to ill and injured

March 24, 2018

If someone does something stupid, we sometimes call him a Neanderthal. We see Neanderthals as primitive and brutal…
New insights into the late history of Neandertals

March 22, 2018

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany have sequenced the genomes of five…
Neanderthals’ Lack of Drawing Ability May Relate to Hunting Techniques

February 12, 2018

Neanderthals had large brains and made complex tools but never demonstrated the ability to draw recognizable images, unlike…
Older Neandertal survived with a little help from his friends

October 25, 2017

An older Neandertal from about 50,000 years ago, who had suffered multiple injuries and other degenerations, became deaf…
How easily we tan is influenced by Neandertal DNA

October 9, 2017

After humans and Neandertals met many thousands of years ago, the two species began interbreeding. While Neandertals aren’t…
Researchers sequence a new Neandertal genome

October 9, 2017

The high quality genome of a Neandertal from Croatia in southern Europe has been sequenced at the Max…
New look at archaic DNA rewrites human evolution story

August 9, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans diverged from an archaic lineage that gave…
“Residual echo” of ancient humans in scans may hold clues to mental disorders

July 31, 2017

Researchers from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have produced the first direct evidence that parts of…
Ancient DNA sheds new light on Neanderthal evolution

July 5, 2017

Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the femur of a Neanderthal helps to resolve the complicated relationship between modern humans…
Neanderthals were using natural medicine similar to Aspirin and antibiotics

March 10, 2017

Humans are the most intelligent animals on Earth (according to humans), but how smart were our closest extinct…
Neanderthal genes helped humans adapt outside of Africa

November 11, 2016

As the ancestors of modern humans made their way out of Africa to other parts of the world…
The Fate of Neanderthal Genes

November 10, 2016

The Neanderthals disappeared about 30,000 years ago, but little pieces of them live on in the form of…
Human-Neanderthal gene variance is involved in autism

August 5, 2016

A structure that represents the biggest known genetic difference between humans and Neanderthals also predisposes humans to autism. An…
Neanderthals may have been infected by diseases carried out of Africa by humans, say researchers

April 13, 2016

A new study suggests that Neanderthals across Europe may well have been infected with diseases carried out of…
Study Reveals How Diet Shaped Human Evolution

March 30, 2016

Homo sapiens, the ancestor of modern humans, shared the planet with Neanderthals, a close, heavy-set relative that dwelled…
Early gene flow from modern humans into Neanderthals

February 18, 2016

Using several different methods of DNA analysis, an international research team has identified an interbreeding event between Neanderthals…
‘Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals

December 20, 2015

New digital techniques have allowed researchers to predict structural evolution of the skull in the lineage of Homo…
Research differentiates facial growth in neanderthals and modern humans

December 9, 2015

An international research team, led by Rodrigo Lacruz, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Basic Science and…
Great-Great-Grandpa Neanderthal?

June 24, 2015

One of the oldest known bones from a modern human in Europe contains around 6 to 9 percent…
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