• Neanderthals painted stalagmites red

    Ochre pigments reveal 65,000-year-old Spanish cave paintings.

    Deep in Cueva de Ardales (Cave of Ardales) in Spain, stalagmites have been painted red by artistic Neanderthals, acco...

    Archaeology August 3, 2021
  • Neanderthal nuclear DNA unlocks ancient human history

    Nuclear DNA extracted from cave sediments for the first time.

    Scientists have extracted Neanderthal nuclear DNA from cave sediments for the first time, greatly improving the scope...

    History April 16, 2021
  • COVID Booster

    The five things science learned about COVID-19 last week.

    Neanderthal genes protect us from COVID-19 A group of genes that reduce by 20% a person’s risk of falling seriousl...

    Health February 20, 2021
  • Brain buster

    Genes help explain differences between Neanderthal and human brains.

    Researchers have identified a mutated gene that appears to be responsible for a large disparity between Neanderthal a...

    Anthropology February 12, 2021
  • Neanderthals: Gut stubborn

    Some useful human microorganisms have long, long histories.

    Humans and Neanderthals could have more in common than just DNA – we also might share the microorganisms in our gut. ...

    Anthropology February 8, 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
  • Early fossil evidence of humans in Europe

    Artefacts suggest cultural interaction with Neanderthals.

    Newly unearthed fossil remains offer the earliest clear evidence of Homo sapiens in Europe and suggest they had great...

    History May 12, 2020
  • Fibre fragment strikes a chord

    Research suggests Neanderthals knew a thing or two.

    This may look like just a bit of old rope and, OK yes, it is a bit of old rope. But it’s an important bit. Researc...

    Archaeology April 10, 2020
  • Neanderthals ate brain food from the sea

    And they relied on it as much as early humans.

    Neanderthals were quite the foodies, it seems, as their diets included not only hunted animals and plant foods, but a...

    Archaeology March 30, 2020
  • Neanderthal skull: A story ancient and modern

    Skull may settle longstanding debate.

    This Neanderthal skull, though flattened by thousands of years of sediment and rock fall, caused a flurry of exciteme...

    Archaeology February 18, 2020
  • Tools reveal travels of the Neanderthals

    Siberian cave yields trove of blades linked to eastern Europe.

    Stone blades found in a Siberian cave once occupied by Neanderthals bear a striking resemblance to tools made by the ...

    Archaeology January 27, 2020
  • Did bad luck kill the Neanderthals?

    We need to consider demography, not just external factors: study.

    The last Neanderthals were snuffed out around 40,000 years ago. But what led to their demise – and whether our own an...

    Palaeontology November 27, 2019
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