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“Out of Africa” Theory Gets the Genomic Treatment
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2016
A trio of genetic studies on seldom-studied indigenous populations points to a single wave of migration as humanity wandered from its evolutionary homeland into the rest of the world.
Humans Meet Neanderthals: The Prequel
Catherine Offord | Feb 19, 2016
The earliest interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals took place at least 100,000 years ago—millennia earlier than previously thought.
Ancient Microbe Migration
Karen Zusi | Jan 11, 2016
Bacteria from the stomach contents of “Iceman,” an ancient corpse frozen in a European glacier, shed light on early human migration.
Jef Akst | Dec 30, 2015
The genomes of a 5,200-year-old woman and three 4,000-year-old men yield clues about the founding of Celtic populations.
Incan Mummy Genome Sequenced
Bob Grant | Nov 16, 2015
Researchers decode mitochondrial DNA from the 500-year-old remains of a native South American child, revealing a new line of maternal ancestors.
Bronze Age Plague Sequenced
Karen Zusi | Oct 26, 2015
Plague-causing bacteria may have been around as early as 5,000 years ago, though a genomic analysis suggests that ancient strains were less contagious.
Fossil Teeth Rewrite Human Migration to Asia
Bob Grant | Oct 16, 2015
Researchers in China have discovered 47 human teeth and suggest that they are between 80,000 and 120,000 years old—about 30,000 years earlier than
were believed to have made it to Asia.
Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration
Bob Grant | Oct 13, 2015
A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.
The First Americans
Bob Grant | Jul 23, 2015
Two genetic studies seeking to determine how people first migrated to North and South America yield different results.
Fossil Traces Human Migration Out of Africa
Bob Grant | Jan 28, 2015
Scientists uncover early evidence of modern man’s movements from Africa into Europe—and of potential human-Neanderthal interbreeding.