Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Human Origins

June 26, 2017
Bones found in an old mine at Jebel Irhoud in Morocco have scientists rethinking their understanding of mankind’s origins in Africa —A view of the site at Jebel Irhoud where...
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The Neanderthal Advantage

January 13, 2016
We might not give Neanderthals much respect, but modern humans probably owe our survival, at least in part, to our now-extinct short and burly ancient cousins. A new study by...
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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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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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Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests A Previously Unknown Type of Extinct Human Ancestor

March 24, 2010
Denisova cave from the outside. / Bence Viola. DNA isolated from a tiny bone fragment from the finger of a being that walked the earth between 30,000 and 50,000 years...
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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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