out of africa

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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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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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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Neanderthal Fade Away

August 28, 2014
Neanderthals, our ancient cousins whose DNA is still found in traces in modern humans, faded away in Europe about 10,000 years earlier than scientists once thought, according to a new...
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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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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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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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Direct Genetic Link between Australia and India Provides New Insight into the Origins of Australian Aborigines

July 24, 2009
In 1974, scientists digging in the dry lake bed of Lake Mungo in southeastern Australia uncovered the skeleton of a man preserved in the deep layers of sand and clay....
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Scientists Publish Largest-Ever Study on the Genetics of Modern Africans

April 30, 2009
When scientific research is published, the authors often confess that they wish they’d collected more data. Critical reviews of research studies often say the same thing. Indeed, if there’s anything...
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