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Mar. 29, 2016 — A new study finds that the Ice-Age diet -- a high-protein intake of large animals -- triggered physical changes in Neanderthals, namely a larger ribcage and a wider ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Using advanced sequencing technologies, anthropologists demonstrate that human DNA can be significantly enriched from dental calculus (calcified dental plaque) enabling the reconstruction of whole ... read more

Mar. 28, 2016 — Most non-Africans possess at least a little bit Neanderthal DNA. But a new map of archaic ancestry suggests that many bloodlines around the world, particularly of South Asian descent, may actually be ... read more

Human Ancestors Explored 'out of Africa' Despite Impaired Nasal Faculties

Mar. 24, 2016 — In humans inhaled air is conditioned poorly in the nasal cavity in comparison with primates, such as chimpanzees and macaques, according a recent study. Unlike our protruding external nose, which has ... read more

Mar. 24, 2016 — New fossils from the outskirts of Nairobi reveal that Australopithecus afarensis lived far eastward beyond the Great Rift Valley, demonstrating how adaptable the early hominid species were to new ... read more

Mar. 22, 2016 — Think your DNA is all human? Think again. And a new discovery suggests it's even less human than scientists previously thought. Nineteen new pieces of non-human DNA -- left by viruses that first ... read more

Mar. 17, 2016 — Archaic Denisovan and Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern Pacific islanders of Melanesia, far from the Siberian cave where Denisovan fossils have been found, is a source of information about ... read more

Mar. 16, 2016 — The way that traditional hunter-gatherers roasted tubers can shed new light on how people prepared food in prehistoric times. An archaeologist has studied the food preparation culture of the Hadza in ... read more

Mar. 15, 2016 — Previous analyses of the hominins from Sima de los Huesos in 2013 showed that their maternally inherited mitochondrial DNA was distantly related to Denisovans, extinct relatives of Neanderthals in ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — Scientists have studied the Neanderthals' diet. Based on the isotope composition in the collagen from the prehistoric humans' bones, they were able to show that, while the ... read more

Mar. 10, 2016 — Scientists have pieced together an early human habitat for the first time, and life was no picnic in Tanzania in East Africa 1.8 million years ... read more

Mar. 9, 2016 — According to a new study, our ancestors between 2 and 3 million years ago started to spend far less time and effort chewing by adding meat to their diet and by using stone tools to process their ... read more

Mar. 8, 2016 — New research reveals that the limbs of the earliest four-legged vertebrates, dating back more than 360 million years ago, were no more structurally diverse than the fins of their aquatic ... read more

Mar. 8, 2016 — The global spread of an ancient group of retroviruses that affected about 28 of 50 modern mammals' ancestors some 15 to 30 million years ago has been revealed by a team of ... read more

Mar. 3, 2016 — Researchers have identified a common ancestral gene that enabled the evolution of advanced life over a billion years ... read more

Feb. 25, 2016 — Biological anthropologists have discovered a new way of examining the fragile teeth of children who lived between the 11th and 15th centuries without damaging them. By using 3-D microscopic imaging, ... read more

Genetics Reveal 50,000 Years of Independent History of Aboriginal Australian People

Feb. 25, 2016 — The first complete sequences of the Y chromosomes of aboriginal Australian men have revealed a deep indigenous genetic history tracing all the way back to the initial settlement of the continent ... read more

Ancient Chimpanzee ‘Adam’ Lived Over One Million Years Ago, Research Reveals

Feb. 25, 2016 — Researchers compare human male - and female- line genealogies with those of our closest animal ... read more

Feb. 24, 2016 — The evolution of human teeth is much simpler than previously thought, research shows, suggesting that we can predict the sizes of teeth missing from human and hominin fossils. The findings will be ... read more

Feb. 22, 2016 — Extinct glyptodonts really were gigantic armadillos, according to researchers who have reconstructed the family tree of glyptodonts based on their mitochondrial genome, reconstructed from small ... read more

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