neanderthal

  • Protein mutation's hidden past

    Modern humans developed a protein mutation that protects cells against oxidative stress – but som...

    A single protein mutation may have had health benefits for anatomically modern humans compared to our Neanderthal cou...

    Anthropology January 6, 2022
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    Anthropology July 29, 2021
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    A 150,000-year-old skull provides a link to a new human species.

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  • Zlatý kůň: The oldest human genome

    The skull of Zlatý kůň might be the oldest to date and had large stretches of Neanderthal DNA.

    Scientists have identified potentially the oldest human genome from a 45,000-year-old skull. When humans and Neand...

    History April 8, 2021
  • Neanderthals were capable of human speech

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    Anthropology March 2, 2021
  • Neanderthal milk teeth reveal their secrets

    Study offers new evidence on weaning and growth.

    Neanderthal children grew and were weaned in much the same way as Homo sapiens, new research suggests. Virtual ren...

    Archaeology November 4, 2020
  • More surprises about Palaeolithic humans

    Our ancestors traversed Europe earlier than thought.

    New clues continue to unravel the compelling Palaeolithic mystery of modern human movements and the Neanderthal trans...

    Archaeology September 29, 2020
  • Distant human relative mixed with our cousins

    Who were these superarchaic humans?

    A map of human prehistory is starting to look more like a tangled web than a family tree. First, we heard that our ow...

    History February 20, 2020
  • The afterglow of archaic human pairings

    Archaic traces remain in Melanesian genomes.

    People living on the islands of Melanesia have inherited large slabs of DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans, accordi...

    Biology October 17, 2019
  • Early humans were promiscuous

    Early homo sapiens hooked up with five other hominid species.

    Turns out that our ancient ancestors weren't exactly shy when it came to trying new things. A new analysis has reveal...

    ASC Edits July 25, 2019
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