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Neanderthal, Mystery Human DNA Found In The ‘Dark Heart’ Of Our Chromosomes

Scientists dive into the deep, dark heart of the human chromosome to see what's within. Their discovery included chunks of DNA from Neanderthals and a mystery human ancestor.

Ancient June 21, 2019

Ancient DNA Sheds Light On Unknown Siberians, Reveals 'Missing Link' Of Native American Ancestry

Baby teeth from 31,000 years ago unveil a new group of ancient Siberians who thrived in the region's harsh conditions in the last Ice Age. Another set of bones also reveals the mysterious origins of Native Americans.

Ancient June 5, 2019

New Dig Site Proves Stone Tools Were Invented Earlier Than Previous Estimate Of 2.58 Million Years Ago

A team of researchers unearthed a collection of stone tools that represent the oldest Oldowan technology ever found. The over 300 pieces of artifacts were extracted from an excavation site in Ethiopia.

Ancient June 4, 2019

Ancient Teeth Show Neanderthals Split From Modern Humans 800,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals are already distant relations of modern humans, but new evidence indicates they're even more distant than previously believed. Dental analysis places the ancient hominin's divergence from our lineage not later than 800,000 years ago.

Ancient May 16, 2019

Denisovan Jawbone Fossil Found In Tibet Cave Offers Clues What The Ancient Human Species Looked Like

The fossil of a Denisovan jawbone found in a Tibetan cave may offer scientists clues as to what the mysterious ancient human species looked like. There is only one caveat: there were no preserved DNA in the jawbone.

Ancient May 2, 2019

Oldest Human Footprint In The Americas Discovered In Chile

Scientists have uncovered the oldest footprint ever found of a human in the Americas. The footprint, dated to more than 15,000 years ago, confirms Chile as an important hotspot for early humans.

Ancient April 29, 2019

10,000-Year-Old Urine Reveals How Humans Switched From Hunters To Herders

Researchers analyzed urine salt taken from Aşıklı Höyük in Turkey. Increase in the abundance of these salts show when humans switched from primarily hunting and gathering to herding animals.

Ancient April 18, 2019

Bones Of Ancient Human Sacrifice Victims Found By Workers Laying Water Pipes

British researchers have uncovered 3,000-year-old human skeletons at a dig site in Oxfordshire. The remains are believed to be from people who became human sacrifices.

Ancient April 17, 2019

DNA Shows The Denisovans Have At Least 3 Distinct Branches

A new study shows that ancient humans' evolutionary history is complex than previously believed. Scientists discover that there are multiple groups of Denisovans that existed separately from each other.

Ancient April 12, 2019

Tiny Human Species Discovered In The Philippines Could Change History

Strange new humans have been discovered in the islands of the Philippines, exhibiting traits from both ancient ape-like species and modern humans. This groundbreaking discovery challenges many widely held notions about human evolution.

Ancient April 11, 2019

You Are What You Eat: Neanderthals, Woolly Mammoths Apparently Shared Genetic Traits

Scientists discover that two completely different species can evolve and develop the same genetic characteristics. In a landmark study, Neanderthals and woolly mammoths are found to be very similar to each other.

Ancient April 10, 2019

Denisovans Mated With Modern Humans More Recently Than Previously Thought

Denisovans are a richer, more varied group than scientists previously believed. New research shows that two Denisovan populations existed in Southeast Asia and even mated with modern humans fairly recently.

Ancient April 3, 2019

Ancient DNA Reveals Gene Pool Of Men In Spain Was Nearly Wiped Out During The Bronze Age

The modern-day Iberia that is known today as Spain and Portugal is a melting pot of cultures. Thousands of years ago, the local men of the ancient Iberian Peninsula were mysteriously driven out of the genetic pool.

Ancient March 17, 2019

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Human Ancestor Species That Was Likely A Hybrid Of Neanderthals And Denisovans

Deep learning algorithm identified the genome of a human ancestor that would have been a hybrid of the Neanderthals and Denisovans. This species is not known to modern science.

Ancient January 19, 2019

Study Of Ancient DNA Sheds Light On The Earliest Human Residents Of The Americas

Researchers found the same distinctive DNA type of North America's Clovis culture in excavation sites in Central and South America. This offered a strong evidence that the early humans migrated south thousands of years ago.

Ancient November 9, 2018

Modern Humans Inherited Virus Defenses From Interbreeding With Neanderthals: Study

What kind of 'gift' did the Neanderthals leave humans when they interbred thousands of years ago? According to new study, the Neanderthals shared their precious virus defenses with modern humans.

Ancient October 5, 2018

Ancient Fossil Had Mixed Parentage: Neanderthal Mom And Denisovan Dad

A fossil found in Russia proved that Neanderthals and Denisovans had intermingled and interbred tens of thousands of years ago before they went extinct. Neanderthals and Denisovans are the closest relatives of modern humans.

Ancient August 23, 2018

Ancient Farmers Thrived In The Amazon Rainforest 4,500 Years Ago

The Amazon rainforest is not so untouched after all. Researchers found that ancient farming communities planted corn, sweet potatoes, and other crops in the rainforest 4,500 years ago.

Earth/Environment July 24, 2018

Dry Spell Causes 5,000-Year-Old Mysterious Massive Henge To Appear From Out Of Nowhere In Ireland

A dry spell, a drone, and a bit of luck. That is what photographer Anthony Murphy used to discover a massive henge-type monument dating back to the late Neolithic period in northeastern Ireland.

Ancient July 18, 2018

Ancient Stone Toolmakers Came To North America Far Earlier Than Clovis People

Who were the first humans to arrive in North America thousands of years ago? Certainly not the Clovis people, as new research sheds light on stone toolmakers that lived in Texas 16,000 years ago.

Ancient July 17, 2018

World’s Oldest Bread Found In Jordan Suggests Hunter-Gatherers Baked Before Discovery Of Agriculture

The crumbs of the world’s oldest flat dough resembling the pita bread were found in an oven in a site located in the Black Desert in northeastern Jordan. The discovery suggested ancient people baked even before the peak of agriculture.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 17, 2018

Ancient DNA Reveals Southeast Asians Are Direct Descendants Of At Least Four Prehistoric Populations

Modern-day Southeast Asians came from at least four ancient ancestors, according to a new study. Ancient DNA analysis showed ancestral diversity in this region is far greater than that of Europe.

Ancient July 9, 2018

Ancient Human Babies Had Special Toes For Holding On To Mothers And Climbing Trees

The foot of Selam, a 3.3-million-year-old fossil of a toddler unearthed in Ethiopia, revealed that ancient human babies had special toes. Their big toes were curved, allowing them to hold on their mothers' bodies and to climb trees.

Ancient July 5, 2018

Researchers Discover That Ancient Egyptians Were 100 Times Less Likely To Get Cancer Than People Today

Scientists discovered the types of cancer that some ancient Egyptians had. People in ancient Egypt were less likely to get cancer than people living in modern times.

Ancient June 26, 2018

Scientists Probe Mystery Of Neanderthal Brain By Growing A Miniature Version Of It

Scientists built a mini version of the Neanderthal brain. By using CRISPR gene editing, stem cells, and ancient DNA, geneticists were able to build a little brain, which resembles that of human’s extinct close cousin.

Ancient June 22, 2018

Child Remains In Montana Clovis Burial Site Offer New Insights About Early Humans

A study confirmed that child bones found in Montana Clovis burial site were of the same age with other remains unearthed on the location. The place was said to be the only known burial site of the Clovis people.

Ancient June 20, 2018

Oldest Human Fossil In Europe Is 1 Million Years Old

The homo antecessor, the oldest known human fossil in Europe, lived 1 million years ago. The species is the last known common ancestor of modern men and the Neanderthals.

Ancient June 20, 2018

North Americans Have Similar DNA Ancestry With Indigenous Canadians, Genetic Study Reveals

A sweeping genetic study of the North American lineage revealed that there were two separated ancient populations that reconverged to give rise to the first Americans. The analysis was based on ancient genetic samples acquired from Ontario and California.

Ancient June 4, 2018

Ancient Humans May Have Traveled To North America From Asia Through This 17,000-year-old Coastal Route

New evidence suggested that early humans migrated to America through a 17,000-year-old coastal route found along Alaska’s Pacific Border. This current conclusion clashed with previous theory stating that early humans passed through Siberia to the Americas.

Ancient June 1, 2018

Ancient Wars And Clan Structure Decimated Y Chromosome Genetic Diversity 7,000 Years Ago

Between 7,000 and 5,000 years ago, there was a bottleneck of the Y chromosome in society. Researchers discovered this by running different computer simulations.

Ancient May 30, 2018

Discovery Of Ancient Human Bones In Denmark Suggests A ‘Barbarian-on-barbarian’ War Took Place In Northern Europe

A team of archeologists found ancient human bones in a wetland in Denmark. The finding suggested that barbarian tribes fought among each other in a yet recorded battle that took place in the first century A.D.

Ancient May 22, 2018

Homo Naledi Skull Reveals Hominin Had Human-Like Brain

New findings emerged that the relatively small brain of Homo naledi had a complex organization. This challenges the theory of ancient human evolution placing Homo sapiens as the ancestor of modern humans.

Ancient May 15, 2018

New Study Suggests Leprosy Began To Spread From Europe To The World

Scientists have turned to ancient DNA to retrace the history and origins of leprosy. In the biggest study to date, they found that both humans and squirrels may have played a role in the transmission of the disease in Europe.

Ancient May 11, 2018

Gene Variant Linked To Migraine Likely Propagated To Help Ancient Humans Adapt To Cold Climates

Researchers found that a variant of the gene TRPM8 may have propagated to the modern-day population because it was significant to early humans in adapting a colder climate. Hence, more people living in higher altitudes at present continued to carry the trait.

Healthy Living/Wellness May 5, 2018

Largest Child Sacrifice In History Found In Ancient Mass Grave In Peru

A group of archaeologists, supported by grants from the National Geographic Society, found what they believed could be the largest child sacrifice site in history. The ancient mass grave they found also included skeletal remains of baby llamas.

Ancient April 28, 2018

DNA Shotgun Sequencing Of Ancient Poop With Parasite Eggs Reveals Diets Of Northern European And Middle Eastern Ancestors

An analysis of ancient fecal matters revealed what kind of parasitic worms had infected the Northern European and Middle Eastern ancient people. The analysis also revealed the type of food and lifestyle they had during their period.

Ancient April 26, 2018

New Guinea Warriors Harvested Dead Fathers’ Thigh Skeletons To Make Human Bone Daggers

A study found that ancient New Guinea warriors had obtained their fathers’ thigh bones to make human bone daggers. They also intended to make these daggers stronger to preserve the symbolic prestige the weapons gave them.

Ancient April 25, 2018

Early Humans Might Have Been Excellent Walkers Based On 3.6-Million-Year-Old Footprints

Evolutionary anthropologist Dr. David Raichlen found that early humans might have been good walkers. Raichlen looked at the 3.6-million-year-old prints that belonged to genus Australopithecus as a research guide.

Ancient April 23, 2018

Ancient Humans Are The Reason Big Mammals Are Extinct And Mammals Have Shrunk

A new study shows that the reason there are so few large mammals left today is that ancient humans hunted them to extinction. This also explains why mammals today are much smaller than their predecessors.

Ancient April 20, 2018

Early Humans Mated With Neanderthal Relative Denisovans At Least 2 Times

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

Discovery Of Stone Tools In India Rewrites History Of When Humans Left Africa

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

Ancient DNA Of Baby Girl Unearthed In Alaska Provides Glimpse Into First Native Americans

DNA taken from a baby unearthed in Alaska provided a glimpse into the origins of the Native Americans. The child was named "sunrise girl-child" by the local indigenous community, an appropriate name as she has shed light into ancient history.

Ancient January 4, 2018

Early Humans Formed Social Networks To Avoid Inbreeding

Genome sequencing suggests that the 34,000-year-old remains at the Sunghir site in Russia were from individuals that are second cousins. This suggests that unlike other hominin species, these ancient humans avoided inbreeding.

Ancient October 6, 2017

Skeleton Shows Neanderthal Kids Grew Up Like Modern Human Children

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

Saliva Protein Suggests Ancient Human 'Ghost' Species Interbred With Ancestors Of Modern-Day Sub-Saharan African People

The ancestors of people who now live in Sub-Saharan Africa interbred with a 'ghost' species of hominin, analysis of the saliva protein MUC7 revealed. What is this 'ghost' ancient human species?

Ancient July 22, 2017

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