Neanderthals

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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Find Your Inner Neanderthal

December 15, 2011
They had bigger brains and muscles, but for some reason Neanderthals –thick boned humans who thrived for hundreds of thousands of years in Europe and parts of Asia– died out...
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New Evidence Suggests Interbreeding Between Humans and Neanderthals

May 06, 2010
This picture shows three bones (Vi33.16, Vi33.25, Vi33.26) from Vindija cave, Croatia. Most of the Neandertal genome sequence was retrieved from these bones./ Image courtesy of Max-Planck-Institute EVA A new...
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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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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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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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Researchers Announce Draft Version of Complete Neanderthal Genome

February 12, 2009
First came the Human Genome Project when, in the year 2000, an international team of scientists began mapping all 23 pairs of our chromosomes.   Then in 2005, the Chimpanzee...
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Did Neanderthals and Humans Mate? Absence of Evidence is Not Evidence of Absence

October 27, 2008
The Spittoon has pointed out several times in the last few months (here, here and here) that when researchers look for evidence of interbreeding between early humans and Neanderthals, they...
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