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Neanderthals ‘overlapped’ with modern humans for up to 5,400 years
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Neanderthals ‘overlapped’ with modern humans for up to 5,400 years

August 27th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Neanderthals and modern humans were both living in Europe for between 2,600 and 5,400 years, according to a new paper published in the journal, Nature. For the first time, scientists have constructed a robust timeline showing...
SA’s Taung Child’s skull and brain not human-like in expansion
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SA’s Taung Child’s skull and brain not human-like in expansion

August 26th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
The Taung Child, South Africa's premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, never seizes to transform and evolve the search for our collective...
Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution
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Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution

July 7th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Modern humans emerged from a complex 'labyrinth of biology and peoples,' findings...
Did violence shape our faces?
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Did violence shape our faces?

June 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
What contributed to the evolution of faces in the ape-like ancestors of humans? The prehistoric version of a bar fight —over women, resources and other slug-worthy disagreements, new research from the University of Utah...
Study questions Neandertal inferiority to early modern humans
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Study questions Neandertal inferiority to early modern humans

May 1st, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Neandertal demise may be the result of interbreeding, assimilation, not early modern human...
Evolutionary advantages over extinct types of humans
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Evolutionary advantages over extinct types of humans

April 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What...
First Eurasians left Africa up to 130,000 years ago
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First Eurasians left Africa up to 130,000 years ago

April 22nd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A team of researchers led by the University of Tübingen’s Professor Katerina Harvati has shown that anatomically modern humans spread from Africa to Asia and Europe in several migratory...
Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula
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Neanderthals and Cro-magnons did not coincide on the Iberian Peninsula

April 14th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
A piece of research in which a UPV/EHU group is participating indicates that 1,000 years separate the records of the presence of the two...
Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting
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Researchers say Neanderthals were no strangers to good parenting

April 9th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and...
Genome analysis confirms humans and Neandertals interbred
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Genome analysis confirms humans and Neandertals interbred

April 8th, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Technical objections to the idea that Neandertals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, thanks to a genome analysis method described in the April 2014 issue of the journal GENETICS....
‘Homo’ is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases
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‘Homo’ is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases

April 3rd, 2014 | by archaeologynews
Andalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus Homo: they are the only primates where, throughout their 2.5-million...
Paleo diet didn’t change – the climate did
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Paleo diet didn’t change – the climate did

March 17th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Why were Neanderthals replaced by anatomically modern humans around 40,000 years...
New stratigraphic research makes Little Foot the oldest complete Australopithecus
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New stratigraphic research makes Little Foot the oldest complete Australopithecus

March 14th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
After 13 years of meticulous excavation of the nearly complete skeleton of the Australopithecus fossil named Little Foot, South African and French scientists have now convincingly shown that it is probably around 3 million years...
Origins of Americas’ first humans
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Origins of Americas’ first humans

February 13th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
The genome of a child who died some 12,600 years ago in Montana – the oldest known human remains from North America – has been sequenced for the first time....
America’s only Clovis skeleton had its genome mapped
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America’s only Clovis skeleton had its genome mapped

February 13th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
They lived in America about 13,000 years ago where they hunted mammoth, mastodons and giant bison with big...
Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Discovered in UK
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Hominin Footprints from Early Pleistocene Discovered in UK

February 8th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Investigations at Happisburgh, UK, have revealed the oldest known hominin footprint surface outside Africa at between ca. 1 million and 0.78 million years...
Dating is refined for the Atapuerca site where Homo antecessor appeared
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Dating is refined for the Atapuerca site where Homo antecessor appeared

February 7th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
One of the issues of the Atapuerca sites that generates the most scientific debate is the dating of the...
The genomic landscape of Neanderthal ancestry in present-day humans
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The genomic landscape of Neanderthal ancestry in present-day humans

January 29th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
More than thirty thousand years ago, Homo sapiens migrating out of Africa began encountering...
Neanderthals’ genetic legacy
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Neanderthals’ genetic legacy

January 29th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Remnants of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans are associated with genes affecting type 2...
New method rescues DNA from contaminated Neandertal bones
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New method rescues DNA from contaminated Neandertal bones

January 27th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Retrieval of ancient DNA is usually performed to prevent environmental DNA contamination....
2 million years ago, human relative ‘Nutcracker Man’ lived on tiger nuts
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2 million years ago, human relative ‘Nutcracker Man’ lived on tiger nuts

January 9th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
Ancient ancestors who lived in East Africa survived mainly on a diet of tiger...
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
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Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story

January 8th, 2014 | by heritagedaily
From the Swanscombe skull, from the earliest known Neanderthal in...
High-quality Neandertal genome provides novel insights into human origins
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High-quality Neandertal genome provides novel insights into human origins

December 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Genome sequence of a Neandertal woman...
Sunlight adaptation in region of Neanderthal genome
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Sunlight adaptation in region of Neanderthal genome

December 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Sunlight adaptation in Neanderthal genome found in modern east Asian...
Neanderthal genome shows early human interbreeding
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Neanderthal genome shows early human interbreeding

December 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
First high-quality genome sequence allows comparison with human, Denisovan...
Neanderthals buried their dead, new research concludes
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Neanderthals buried their dead, new research concludes

December 16th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Neanderthals, forerunners to modern humans, buried their...
Nutrients vital to location of early human settlements
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Nutrients vital to location of early human settlements

December 11th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Early humans were driven by a need for nutrient-rich...
Oldest hominin DNA sequenced
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Oldest hominin DNA sequenced

December 7th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Sequencing the mitochondrial genome of a 400,000-year-old hominin from...
Partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor
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Partial skeleton suggests ruggedly built, tree-climbing human ancestor

December 6th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
A human ancestor characterized by "robust" jaw and skull bones...
New evidence suggests Neanderthals organized their living spaces
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New evidence suggests Neanderthals organized their living spaces

December 3rd, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Neanderthals organized their living spaces similar to modern...
Research team discovers ‘immune gene’ in Neanderthals
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Research team discovers ‘immune gene’ in Neanderthals

November 23rd, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Early humans had a selection...
Israeli Homo neanderthalensis: 70,000 Years Of Human Occupation?
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Israeli Homo neanderthalensis: 70,000 Years Of Human Occupation?

November 21st, 2013 | by Charles t. g. Clarke
Homo neanderthalensis is a hominin that most of you would be familiar...
Neanderthal viruses found in modern humans
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Neanderthal viruses found in modern humans

November 21st, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Virus's in Neanderthals also in modern human...
New remains of Neanderthals found in the Cova Negra of Xàtiva
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New remains of Neanderthals found in the Cova Negra of Xàtiva

November 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Discovery of an adult parietal bone, child cranial fragment and child...
Unique skull find rebuts theories on species diversity in early humans
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Unique skull find rebuts theories on species diversity in early humans

October 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
This find is forcing a change in perspective in the field of paleoanthropology: human species diversity two million years ago was much smaller than presumed thus far. However, diversity within the Homo erectus, the first global...
Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals
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Archaeologists rediscover the lost home of the last Neanderthals

October 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
A record of Neanderthal archaeology, thought to be long lost, has been re-discovered by NERC-funded scientists working in the Channel island of...
Mysterious ancient human crossed Wallace’s Line
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Mysterious ancient human crossed Wallace’s Line

October 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Scientists have proposed that the most recently discovered ancient human relatives -- the Denisovans -- somehow managed to cross one of the world's most prominent marine barriers in Indonesia, and later interbred with modern...
Complete skull from early Homo evokes a single, evolving lineage
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Complete skull from early Homo evokes a single, evolving lineage

October 18th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
What if the earliest members of our Homo genus—those classified as Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis, Homo erectus and so forth—actually belonged to the same species and simply looked different from one another?...
What evolved first — a dexterous hand or an agile foot?
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What evolved first — a dexterous hand or an agile foot?

October 7th, 2013 | by heritagedaily
Resolving a long-standing mystery in human evolution, new research from the RIKEN Brain Science Institute indicates that early hominids developed finger dexterity and tool use ability before the development of bipedal...