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The find is estimated to be at least 177,000 years old.

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The genome of an infant who lived in Alaska thousands of years ago represents a previously unknown group of humans called Ancient Beringians, who share a common lineage with other Native Americans. 

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The Genetic Strategies of Dealing with High Altitude

By Abby Olena | November 2, 2017

Andean highlander genomes possess cardiovascular-related variants, while populations from other regions evolved different solutions to manage the lack of oxygen.

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Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 12, 2017

Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.

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Effects of Neanderthal DNA on Modern Humans

By Ruth Williams | October 5, 2017

A new study reveals how Neanderthal DNA in the genomes of present-day British people influences their traits.

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image: Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought

Human Species May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought

By Shawna Williams | September 29, 2017

From DNA evidence, researchers estimate the split from other species took place between 260,000 and 350,000 years ago.

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image: Ancient Sugar Molecule Could Timestamp Human Evolution

Ancient Sugar Molecule Could Timestamp Human Evolution

By Aggie Mika | September 12, 2017

In animal fossils dating back millions of years, researchers detect traces of a glycan once synthesized by ancestral human lineages. 

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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image: Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

Global Patterns of Human Epigenetic Variation

By Ashley Yeager | August 28, 2017

A study of five far-flung human populations gives clues to adaptations to environmental pressures.

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image: Humans Lived in Southeast Asia More Than 60,000 Years Ago

Humans Lived in Southeast Asia More Than 60,000 Years Ago

By Shawna Williams | August 9, 2017

Tooth fossils of cave dwellers represent the first known instance of our species inhabiting a rainforest.

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