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Secrets from Neanderthal Tooth Plaque

By | March 10, 2017

Ancient hominins in northern Spain ate mushrooms, pine nuts, and moss, and may have used Penicillium mold and other natural products to sooth toothache pain.

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Image of the Day: New Kid on the Block

By | March 6, 2017

Ancient skulls discovered in China may belong to a new hominid species that possessed both modern human and Neanderthal characteristics.

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Natural Selection Kept Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans

By | December 29, 2016

Interbreeding with Neanderthals appears to have reintroduced genetic sequences related to innate immunity that had been lost as humans migrated out of Africa. 

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Advantages of Neanderthal DNA in the Human Genome

By | November 10, 2016

The retention of ancient hominin DNA in modern human genomes may have helped our ancestors adapt to life in diverse environments. 

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Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA

By | November 9, 2016

Natural selection may be behind the dearth of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans.

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Common STD May Have Come from Neanderthals

By | October 20, 2016

Cross-species trysts likely spread human papillomavirus (HPV) to Homo sapiens, according to new research.

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Book Excerpt from Seven Skeletons

By | August 1, 2016

In Chapter 1, “The Old Man of La Chapelle: The Patriarch of Paleo,” author Lydia Pyne explains the public's evolving conception of the first complete Neanderthal skeleton found and described by scientists.

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The Neanderthal in the Mirror

By | August 1, 2016

Our evolutionary cousin is no longer a blundering caveman. Recent research has painted a picture of a human ancestor with culture, art, and advanced cognitive skills.

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Contributors

By | August 1, 2016

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2016 issue of The Scientist.

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New Timeline for Homo naledi

By | July 6, 2016

The ancient human may have lived around 900,000 years ago—much more recently than first estimated.

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