human evolution

The Neanderthal Within

January 24, 2017
In the article Neanderthals Were People Too, Jon Mooallem describes an electric moment where he felt a visceral connection to our long lost human cousins. Watching a group of archeologist...
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The Neanderthal in All of Us

September 17, 2015
Yes you are thoroughly evolved, but don’t be too smug about it because almost all of us are a little Neanderthal, which you can see using 23andMe. First, it’s worth...
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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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23andMoo

June 28, 2015
New research suggests that it took a long time before Europeans could actually benefit from consuming milk. Looking at DNA samples from the remains for more than 100 individuals who lived in Eurasia from 3,000 to 5,000 years ago, researchers in Norway found that it took a surprisingly long time before Europeans could tolerate milk.
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Meeting At the Crossroads

February 11, 2015
A skull found in a previously undisturbed cave in Israel may hold important new evidence not just about when modern humans migrated outPhoto: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority of Africa,...
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Dem Bones

October 23, 2014
Svante Pääbo and his team in Leipzig are up to it again, sequencing a 45,000 year-old leg bone found on a riverban in Siberia and revealing more detail about interbreeding...
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Top Genetic Findings of 2012

December 20, 2012
Take a moment to look back at the ten most interesting and significant genetic findings of 2012 or at least the ones that drew our attention. In the last 12...
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Back-to-School: Human Prehistory 101

August 31, 2012
Soon children will be filling their backpacks with new notebooks and pencils and piling into yellow school buses.   Even if your school days are long past, you need not...
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Is Autoimmunity a Result of Genetic Adaptation to Pathogens?

November 30, 2011
Pinworms–small worms that infect the intestines–are the most common worm infection in the United States. Although all people are over 99.9% genetically identical, the small amount of diversity that does...
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Location, Location, Location: Did Humans Start Out in Southern Africa?

March 11, 2011
by Mike Macpherson, Shirley Wu, and Joanna Mountain A young Hadza hunter From just flecks of bone and specks of DNA, scientists have been able to piece together a story...
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