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Book Excerpt from
Lydia Pyne | Jul 31, 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.
New Timeline for
Kerry Grens | Jul 6, 2016
The ancient human may have lived around 900,000 years ago—much more recently than first estimated.
Neanderthals Built Structures Underground
Bob Grant | 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.
Ancient Y Chromosome Analyzed
Tanya Lewis | Apr 7, 2016
In-depth analysis of the Neanderthal Y chromosome offers insights into the ancient hominins’ split with modern humans.
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.
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.
Neanderthals’ Genetic Legacy
Ruth Williams | Feb 11, 2016
Ancient DNA in the genomes of modern humans influences a range of physiological traits.
Borrowing Immunity Through Interbreeding
Kate Yandell | Jan 7, 2016
Neanderthals and Denisovans contributed innate immune genes to modern humans, scientists show.
Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots
Bob Grant | Nov 19, 2015
The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.
Week in Review: June 22–26
Jef Akst | Jun 26, 2015
Neanderthal-human hybrid discovered; the neurobiology of fear behavior; and an insulin patch that responds to high glucose levels in mice