Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes
Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes
A study points to the existence of an ancient human relative that interbred with Homo sapiens.
Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes
Remnants of Extinct Hominin Species Found in West African Genomes

A study points to the existence of an ancient human relative that interbred with Homo sapiens.

A study points to the existence of an ancient human relative that interbred with Homo sapiens.

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Africans Have More Neanderthal DNA than Previously Thought
Africans Have More Neanderthal DNA than Previously Thought
Jef Akst | Jan 30, 2020
A new analysis of more than 2,500 human genomes indicates that modern Eurasians who acquired Neanderthal DNA during past interbreeding migrated back to Africa and spread those sequences.
Most Popular Stories of the Decade, Year-by-Year
Most Popular Stories of the Decade, Year-by-Year
Kerry Grens | Dec 19, 2019
The Scientist’s reporters tracked the development of CAR T cell therapies, explored the Neanderthal DNA in our genomes, and dove into a CRISPR controversy.
<em>Homo sapiens</em> Might Not Be Responsible for Neanderthal Demise
Homo sapiens Might Not Be Responsible for Neanderthal Demise
Catherine Offord | Nov 29, 2019
Researchers’ simulations suggest that small population sizes and inbreeding made Neanderthal populations vulnerable to chance fluctuations in population size.
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Image of the Day: Ancient Footprints
Emily Makowski | Sep 10, 2019
A discovery of Neanderthal footprints reveals insights into the hominin’s social structure.
Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study
Neanderthals and Modern Humans Diverged Earlier than Thought: Study
Chia-Yi Hou | May 15, 2019
Fossil records show that the most recent shared ancestor with modern humans may have lived at least 800,000 years ago.
Denisovan Fossil Identified in Tibetan Cave
Denisovan Fossil Identified in Tibetan Cave
Shawna Williams | May 1, 2019
A mandible dating to 160,000 years ago is the first evidence of Denisovan hominins outside the Russian cave where they were first discovered in 2010.
Researchers Home in on When Different Hominins Shared Denisova Cave
Researchers Home in on When Different Hominins Shared Denisova Cave
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 30, 2019
Denisovans and Neanderthals likely overlapped at this Stone Age hot spot for thousands of years, and modern Homo sapiens may have dwelled there, too.  
Neanderthal Ancestry in Europeans Unchanged for Last 45,000 Years
Neanderthal Ancestry in Europeans Unchanged for Last 45,000 Years
Diana Kwon | Jan 23, 2019
The findings of a new study contradict previous results from some of the same scientists that suggested Neanderthal DNA was gradually removed from modern human genomes.
Neanderthal Genes Likely Helped <em>Homo sapiens</em> Resist Illness
Neanderthal Genes Likely Helped Homo sapiens Resist Illness
Shawna Williams | Oct 4, 2018
Modern humans retain DNA sequences from Neanderthals related to fighting off RNA-based viruses.