evolution

Hello Cousin

September 10, 2015
Scientists have unearthed a trove of bones in a South African cave belonging to a previously unidentified early human relative. Composite skeleton of Homo nadeli along with other bones found...
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A Gift To Humanity

March 25, 2014
Here at 23andMe we have an interest in all things Neanderthal, so when none other than Svante Pääbo authored the book Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes we had...
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More Neanderthal

January 29, 2014
Scientists at the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences, report that they can zero in on remnant Neanderthal DNA in modern humans, identifying specific regions in our genome where...
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A Neanderthal Genome Sheds More Light On Human Evolution

December 19, 2013
Our favorite ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, are in the news again. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology have sequenced the full genome from the toe bone of...
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Our Neanderthal Cousins

March 11, 2013
There’s much to recommend in Carl Zimmer’s profile of David Reich in Discovery Magazine, not least of which are details on our favorite extinct human cousins, Neanderthals. While Neanderthals are...
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More On 23andMe’s Neanderthal Lab

October 11, 2012
Not everyone would embrace their inner caveman, but in today’s Slate Ann Gibbons sure did. Gibbons, who also writes for Science, is the author of the book The First Human:...
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Attention Human Genetic History Buffs

February 23, 2010
The journal Current Biology has a special review issue on the global genetic history of Homo sapiens.   The articles are written for a fairly technical audience, but if it’s...
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The Giggling Chimp: Researchers Draw Evolutionary Link Between Human and Ape Laughter

June 04, 2009
Great apes really do giggle when tickled, new research says – just like you and me. Researchers from the University of Hannover in Germany recorded the tickle-induced vocalizations from three...
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Environment, Not Genes, Key To Increasing Disease Rates

May 28, 2009
Type 1 diabetes is on the rise in European children, says a new report. Researchers studied type 1 diabetes data collected between 1989 and 2003 at 20 centers in 17...
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Recommended Reading: The 10,000 Year Explosion

February 20, 2009
Almost since the 1871 publication of “The Descent of Man,” in which Charles Darwin applied his theory of natural selection to the human species, biologists have argued over whether the...
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