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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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image: The Neanderthal in the Mirror

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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By | August 1, 2016

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


image: New Timeline for <em>Homo naledi</em>

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.


image: Neanderthals Built Structures Underground

Neanderthals Built Structures Underground

By | May 31, 2016

A new analysis of stalagmites stacked deep within a French cave suggests that the ancient hominin was capable of planning and carrying out construction projects.

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Ancient Y Chromosome Analyzed

By | April 7, 2016

In-depth analysis of the Neanderthal Y chromosome offers insights into the ancient hominins’ split with modern humans.


image: Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split

Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split

By | March 14, 2016

Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.


image: Humans Meet Neanderthals: The Prequel

Humans Meet Neanderthals: The Prequel

By | February 19, 2016

The earliest interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals took place at least 100,000 years ago—millennia earlier than previously thought.  

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image: Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy

Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy

By | February 11, 2016

Ancient DNA in the genomes of modern humans influences a range of physiological traits.


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