The Denisovans and ancient humans interbred at least twice. Here are some of the traits in modern humans that are linked to genes inherited from the extinct hominin species.
Ancient March 17, 2018
A new study revealed that ancient humans mated with the Denisovans not just once. Denisovans are related to the more famous hominids species, the Neanderthals.
Ancient March 16, 2018
Archaeologists recently discovered ancient stone tools in India that date back to 385,000 years ago. They believe the finding could rewrite the history of when early modern humans migrated out of Africa.
Ancient February 2, 2018
New discoveries show modern humans have likely dispersed into the Asian continent 60,000 years earlier than previously thought. Researchers said that the "Out of Africa" human migration theory may need to be revised.
Ancient December 11, 2017
The slow migration of humans from Africa to Europe brought about the eventual doom of Neanderthals, according to a new study. Moreover, the research suggests that Neanderthals would have become extinct irrespective of humans' evolutionary advantage or climate change.
Ancient November 2, 2017
The skeleton of a 7-year-old Neanderthal child revealed that kids of the extinct human species grew up similar to modern humans. Researchers also noted "subtle differences" in growth and development.
Ancient September 24, 2017
Neanderthal DNA from a femur offers scientists proof that a small human group left Africa and disappeared long before the ancient human migration that spearheaded modern human population. Learn more about the new piece of the puzzle.
Ancient July 5, 2017
Archaeologists found ancient human DNA belonging to the Neanderthals and the Denisovans in several caves in Europe, like the Vindija Cave in Croatia. The DNA samples were recovered not from human fossils, but from cave sediments preserving mitochondrial DNA.
Ancient May 1, 2017
A new technique for DNA recovery allows for collecting ancient DNA even without solid bone fragments or fossils. Could this new method shed light into the mystery of human evolution?
Ancient April 29, 2017
The DNA of extinct human relatives have been found in cave mud along with the DNA of animals. How does the technique for finding the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans without skeletons work?
Ancient April 28, 2017
A calorie-counting guide for cannibals shows that human calories, compared with those of bigger animals, are likely not worth the trouble. So why did humans in the Paleolithic period practice cannibalism after all?
Ancient April 6, 2017
A 400,000-year-old skull belonging to an archaic member of the genus Homo was found in the Aroeira cave in Portugal. It has some features of Neanderthals and may hold clue to the ancestry of modern humans's closest extinct relative.
Ancient March 16, 2017
Scientists have found new information on Neanderthals' diet and behavior by studying fossilized dental plaque. Evidence suggests that some Neanderthals lived on a more vegetarian diet.
March 10, 2017
DNA from dental plaque suggests the Neanderthals may have had knowledge about medicines. The prehistoric humans may have self-medicated using medicinal plants that produce painkiller and antibiotic substances.
Medicine March 9, 2017
Neanderthals are believed to have died out 40,000 years ago. Yet through their Neanderthal DNA, they still have a say in the health and appearance of modern humans, reminds a new study.
Ancient February 25, 2017
Bones that were discovered in a Belgium cave more than 100 years ago offer evidence the Neanderthals were cannibals. Why did our close extinct relatives practice cannibalism?
Ancient January 2, 2017
Modern humans owe several of their strengths such as immunity and skin color to the ancestors’ interbreeding with other human forms such as Neanderthals and Denisovans. This was revealed in a new study.
Ancient November 12, 2016
Melanesians who live in the South Pacific carry genes of an extinct human species. Researchers said the hominid species is not likely Neanderthal or Denisovan.
Ancient October 31, 2016
Schizophrenia, characterized by a reduction in the volume of brain tissue, has long existed. According to researchers, however, the condition did not develop until humans diverged from Neanderthals.
Healthy Living/Wellness August 16, 2016
A new study suggests late Neanderthals not only buried their dead, but they also probably butchered and fashioned them into tools as well. The findings raise many questions about the lives of these prehistoric humans.
Ancient July 8, 2016
Stalagmite rings found in a French cave suggest Neanderthals had the ability to conceive complex patterns. While the purpose of the rings are still in question, scientists say the discovery predates the arrival of Homo sapiens.
Ancient May 26, 2016
Neanderthals may have been far more sophisticated than previously believed. What do we know about a mysterious underground structure created by members of that species 176,000 years ago?
Ancient May 25, 2016
Neanderthals may have been driven to extinction by climate change, as well as the arrival of modern humans in Europe, research shows. How does this change what we know of the ancient creatures?
Ancient May 12, 2016
New DNA analysis techniques are revealing new information about human migrations in Europe during the Ice Age. How did researchers uncover a wealth of new secrets hidden in the ancient genetic code?
Ancient May 3, 2016
Neanderthals may have suffered from herpes brought by ancient humans who migrated from Africa. Researchers say this and other infectious diseases may have contributed to the demise of the species.
Life April 13, 2016
Neanderthals died out around 40,000 years ago and a new hypothesis presented by researchers is challenging all the other existing theories regarding their annihilation. The new theory suggests that disease contraction may have led to the extinction of the close relatives of modern humans.
April 12, 2016
Despite overlapping DNA, modern humans and Neanderthals are genetically distinct from each other because of a missing chromosome. The genetic differences may have discouraged interbreeding between both groups.
Animals April 10, 2016
The DNA of modern males was found lacking of Y chromosomes from Neanderthals. Researchers, however, are yet to determine if this happened by chance or by evolutionary circumstances.
Animals April 10, 2016
A new genome study revealed that our modern human ancestors have interbred not only with Neanderthals, but also with another extinct line of humans called Denisovans. The DNA of both species still lives on up to the present time.
Animals March 18, 2016
DNA from hominin bones that were found at a Spanish excavation site offers earliest genetic evidence of the Neanderthals. The findings could mean that the homo antecessor and not the homo heidelbergensis could be the common ancestor of modern humans, Denisovans and Neanderthals.
Animals March 16, 2016
Our prehistoric ancestors were only 20 percent vegetarian, researchers said. The team of scientists had taken a detailed look into the diet of Neanderthals and prehistoric animals.
Animals March 16, 2016
Analysis of DNA samples shows that Neanderthals and humans may have interbred 50,000 years earlier than previously thought. The discovery may signal new information about the migration patterns that occurred during that time.
Animals February 17, 2016
A new analysis linked snippets of Neanderthal DNA to an increased risk for nicotine addiction, depression and keratosis. The adaptive strategies from this DNA that were advantageous thousands of years ago showed to be detrimental among modern humans.
Life February 12, 2016
Climate change or epidemics may not have wiped out Neanderthals. A new study revealed it was possible that the cultural superiority of anatomically modern humans drove the Neanderthals to extinction.
February 3, 2016
Neanderthal DNA helped evolve the modern human immune system, researchers suggest. However, it may have made some people more prone to allergies, they say.
January 8, 2016
Researchers describe for the first time the developmental processes that differentiate modern humans from Neanderthals. Modern humans were observed to have flatter facial features.
Animals December 10, 2015
Researchers found that an extinct race of human species may have lived in Siberia's Altai mountains. Known as Denisovans, their DNA suggests that they are genetically more diverse than the Neanderthals.
Animals November 17, 2015
The finding may be reason to re-examine the accepted date for modern humans' migration out of Africa. It may also help explain why Homo sapiens took so long to reach Europe, researchers say.
October 15, 2015
Researchers found that pollution due to heavy metals has long been existent. According to a new discovery, traces of pollution due to Neanderthal fires were created 450,000 years ago.
Earth/Environment September 23, 2015
Homo sapiens and Neanderthals interbred 400 centuries ago, a new study reveals. What can this tell us about our ancient ancestors?
June 22, 2015
The tools and techniques of Neanderthals were just as good as those brought to Europe by early humans, researchers suggest. Clues for the demise of our Neanderthal cousins must be sought elsewhere, they say.
Animals April 28, 2015
The results of a recent facial structure study turn a previous theory about the human chin on its head: the chin didn't develop — the rest of the face receded.
Geek April 18, 2015
The Neanderthals are often thought as simple minded but the discovery of eagle talons that were strung together and likely worn by this group of extinct species show their meaningful symbols.
Animals March 12, 2015
When man's best friend became man's hunting companion, our Neanderthal cousins in Europe found their days numbered, an U.S. anthropologist suggests. Hunting success led to humans eradicating Neanderthals 40,000 years ago.
March 1, 2015
Skull found in Israel said evidence of first meetings of Neanderthals and modern humans. Middle East would have been a corridor for modern humans spreading out of Africa into Europe and Asia, researchers say.
Animals January 28, 2015