The Disappearing Y: New Study Uncovers the History and Future of the Y Chromosome

July 20, 2009
It may be you’ve heard a rumor that males are on the brink of extinction. Whatever you may think of that prospect, the rumor is false. But over the past...
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Archaeologists Discover Early Example of Domesticated Camels

July 09, 2009
Most experts agree that the earliest examples of farming and animal domestication lie in the aptly named Fertile Crescent, in present day Iraq.   But still many questions have lingered...
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DNA Analysis Confirms Remains of Famed 16th Century Astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus

July 08, 2009
Nicolaus Copernicus is probably the second most famous astronomer in history (after Galileo). He is best known for being the first to propose that the Earth circles the sun, and...
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People of the Veil: New Study Reveals Clues to Origins of the Nomadic Tuaregs

July 02, 2009
Not many people could survive the harsh conditions of the Sahara Desert.   Yet the Tuareg have lived in the the region for millennia. The Tuareg call themselves the Imazghan,...
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Ancient DNA Analysis Reveals Family Ties in Ruins of Pompeii

July 01, 2009
On August 20, 79 AD, a series of small tremors and earthquakes began to shake the two ancient Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.   Lying in the shadow of...
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New Study Reveals Complex Origins of the Malagasy

June 19, 2009
Only 250 miles separates the island of Madagascar from the southeast coast of Africa.   The short distance between the two land masses traditionally led the outside world to assume...
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23andMe’s New and Improved Paternal Haplogroups

June 11, 2009
Science is dynamic and ever changing. As new research is published, theories get revised, and hypotheses retested. The field of genetic ancestry is no exception: The flurry of published research...
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Recalibrating the Genetic Clock: Scientists Develop New and Improved Method for Timing Prehistoric Human Migrations Using Mitochondrial DNA

June 09, 2009
Just over 20 years ago, the first study using mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) to trace prehistoric human migrations was published. In this seminal study, scientists managed to determine that all humans...
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New Research on FOXP2 Gene in Mice Reveals Insights to Origins of Language in Humans

May 29, 2009
It is estimated that there are up to 8,000 distinct languages spoken around the world today.   At birth, the human mind is capable of learning and understanding any of...
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New Study Uncovers Genetics Behind “Bearded Lady Syndrome”

May 22, 2009
Congenital general hypertrichosis (CGH) is one of the most unusual genetic conditions found in humans. Sometimes known as “bearded lady syndrome,” it leads to excessive hair across the body and...
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