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February 23, 2017

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February 23, 2017

Jan. 9, 2017 — When anthropologists of the future find our fossilized teeth, what will they be able to conclude about our lives? One researcher has an ... read more

Dec. 20, 2016 — In the Arctic, the Inuits have adapted to severe cold and a predominantly seafood diet. Now, a team of scientists has followed up on the first natural selection study in Inuits to trace back the ... read more

Dec. 14, 2016 — Europe's earliest humans did not use fire for cooking, but had a balanced diet of meat and plants -- all eaten raw, new research reveals for the first ... read more

Dec. 8, 2016 — New genetic research suggests that smallpox, a pathogen that caused millions of deaths worldwide, may not be an ancient disease but a much more modern killer that went on to become the first human ... read more

Overwhelming Evidence of Malaria's Existence 2,000 Years Ago

Dec. 6, 2016 — An analysis of 2,000-year-old human remains from several regions across the Italian peninsula has confirmed the presence of malaria during the Roman Empire, addressing a longstanding debate about its ... read more

Dec. 6, 2016 — Rapid evolution of other species happens all around us all the time -- and many of the most extreme examples are associated with human ... read more

Dec. 5, 2016 — A collection of 780,000-year-old edible plants found in Israel reveals the plant-based diet of the prehistoric human and is the largest and most diverse in the Levantine corridor linking Africa and ... read more

Dec. 1, 2016 — Large-scale forest fires started by prehistoric hunter-gatherers are probably the reason why Europe is not more densely forested, researchers ... read more

Nov. 30, 2016 — Since the discovery of the fossil dubbed Lucy 42 years ago this month, paleontologists have debated whether the 3 million-year-old human ancestor spent all of her time walking on the ground or ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Analysis of wear patterns on fossil teeth from East African hominins suggests the diets of Paranthropus aethiopicus and Paranthropus boisei were softer than had been thought, according to a ... read more

Nov. 16, 2016 — Common descent of human populations is reflected both in their cranial features and their linguistic affiliations over vast geographic distances, new evidence suggests. The formation of different ... read more

Nov. 14, 2016 — Scientists have made detailed predictions about an intriguing mechanism of genomic evolution. The findings are an important step toward understanding the complex ways that genomes change over the ... read more

Nov. 10, 2016 — As the ancestors of modern humans made their way out of Africa to other parts of the world many thousands of years ago, they met up and in some cases had children with other forms of humans, ... read more

Nov. 8, 2016 — Larger populations allowed humans to shed weakly deleterious gene variants that were widespread in Neanderthals, new research ... read more

Nov. 2, 2016 — Middle Stone Age humans in East Africa may have employed varied techniques to process ochre for functional and symbolic uses, according to a ... read more

Oct. 27, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have revealed ancient gene mixing between chimpanzees and bonobos, humankind's closest relatives, showing parallels with Neanderthal mixing in human ancestry. The ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Perhaps the bias against left-handers dates back much further than we thought. By examining striations on teeth of a Homo habilis fossil, researchers have found the earliest evidence for ... read more

Oct. 20, 2016 — Relationships between the ancestors of modern humans and other archaic populations such as Neanderthals and Denisovans were likely more complex than previously thought, involving interbreeding within ... read more

Oct. 19, 2016 — Researchers have observed wild-bearded capuchin monkeys in Brazil deliberately break stones, unintentionally creating flakes that share many of the characteristics of those produced by early Stone ... read more

Ancient Hominid 'Hanky Panky' Also Influenced Spread of STIs

Oct. 17, 2016 — With recent studies proving that almost everyone has a little bit of Neanderthal DNA in them ---- up to 5 percent of the human genome --- it's become clear our ancestors not only had some ... read more

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