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DNA analysis gives clues to how the ancient hominin’s population split and how they interacted with modern humans.

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The animal pictures and hand stencils were made in caves in Spain thousands of years before Homo sapiens arrived in Europe.

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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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Anthropologists make use of forensic science to delve into historical mysteries.

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How Salvador Dalí’s Mustache Endured Death

By Aggie Mika | July 23, 2017

Forensic experts explain. 

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Scientists are criticizing the claim that hominins were in North America more than 100,000 years earlier than the currently accepted estimation.

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Contributors

By Ben Andrew Henry | February 1, 2017

Meet some of the people featured in the February 2017 issue of The Scientist.

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Monkey Tools and Early Human Ingenuity

By Bob Grant | October 25, 2016

Wild capuchin monkeys in Brazil produce sharp stone flakes by accident, causing some researchers to suggest a rethink of the beginnings of human tool use.

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The Neanderthal in the Mirror

By Lydia Pyne | 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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US Government to Repatriate Kennewick Man

By Bob Grant | April 29, 2016

A 2015 ancient DNA study determined that the 8,500-year-old skeletal remains belonged to an individual of Native American ancestry. Now, the US Army Corp of Engineers has begun the process of returning the bones to their rightful owners.

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