Revealed: The Genetic Origin and History of an Elusive Anabaptist Community

October 23, 2009
There are over 50,000 people in North America who define themselves as Hutterites, though you probably have never met one. One of the main branches of the Anabaptists, Hutterites live...
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23andMe Scientists Harness Linguistics to Describe Origin and History of Paternal Haplogroup J1e

October 14, 2009
The Near East — a swath of land that encompasses the Arabian Peninsula, the Levant, and everywhere in between — has been populated by humans longer than anywhere else in...
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Life on the Fringe: Shrews and Voles Reveal Clues to British Prehistory

October 02, 2009
Through the millennia wave after wave of migrants – often in the form of invading armies — have descended upon the British Isles. The first people to arrive after the...
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New Genetic Analysis Sheds Light on Origins of Indian Castes

September 25, 2009
For as long as humans have lived in complex communities, cities and civilizations, they have divided and classified their societies. Those divisions have been based on age, gender, appearance or...
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Human Prehistory 101: Out of (Eastern) Africa

September 24, 2009
Take a look at the second installment of 23andMe’s Human Prehistory 101 series.   23andMe’s creative team (led by chief illustrator Ariana Killoran) recently released “Out of (Eastern) Africa.”  ...
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Europe’s First Farmers Came from Afar: New Clues Shed Light on Genetic Ancestry of Modern Europeans

September 09, 2009
About 10,000 years ago, the prehistoric hunter-gatherers of Europe began meeting some new neighbors. These farmers spread gradually at first, expanding from the Near East through Anatolia and the Balkans....
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New Study on Genetics of Ethnic Groups Reveals We May Not Be So Different After All

September 02, 2009
There are many examples around the world of two distinct ethnic groups living side by side. Sometimes these groups co-exist peacefully. Other times they do not. Often two groups’ differences...
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The First Population Explosion: Human Numbers Expanded Dramatically Millennia Before Agriculture

July 29, 2009
Ten millennia ago, there were about six million people on Earth. Today, there are six billion. This thousandfold increase in the global population is often thought to be linked to...
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Direct Genetic Link between Australia and India Provides New Insight into the Origins of Australian Aborigines

July 24, 2009
In 1974, scientists digging in the dry lake bed of Lake Mungo in southeastern Australia uncovered the skeleton of a man preserved in the deep layers of sand and clay....
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Novel Techniques Suggest Neanderthal Populations Dwindled in the Face of Expanding Humans

July 22, 2009
The Neanderthals have always held a special place in the field of anthropology.   The skeletal remains of our short, stocky evolutionary relatives have been found everywhere from Spain to...
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