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Discovery Reveals That Neanderthals Were the First in Europe to Make Specialized Bone Tools

August 13, 2013

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A new discovery in southwest France reveals that Neanderthals were the first in Europe to make standardized and specialized bone tools. Two research teams from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands have jointly reported the discovery of Neanderthal bone tools coming from their […]

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DNA Study Reveals Clues about Primate Evolution

July 17, 2013

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In a new DNA study, an international team of scientists reveal clues to human and ape evolution, finding that the evolutionary history of ancestral great ape populations was far more complex than that of humans. A massive effort to catalog the genetic variation in humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans has helped researchers piece together a […]

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Attractive Bonobo Females Are More Likely to Win Conflicts Against Males

July 15, 2013

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In a new study, evolutionary anthropologists reveal that attractive bonobo females are more likely to win conflicts against males. Female social dominance over males is rare among mammal species. Bonobos, one of our closest living relatives, are known for females holding relatively high social statuses when compared to males; though this is puzzling as the […]

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New Study Links Expanding Human Population to Threats of Animal Extinction

June 19, 2013

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A newly published study paints a grim outlook for the future of certain mammals and birds, suggesting that the average growing nation should expect at least 3.3 percent more threatened species in the next decade and an increase of 10.8 percent species threatened with extinction by 2050. Columbus, Ohio – The ongoing global growth in […]

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Cosmic Impact Sparked Devastating Climate Change, Caused Mass Extinctions

May 21, 2013

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A newly published study reveals evidence of a major cosmic event near the end of the Ice Age, detailing how a cosmic impact sparked climate change that caused mass extinctions. Herds of wooly mammoths once shook the earth beneath their feet, sending humans scurrying across the landscape of prehistoric Ohio. But then something much larger […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals the First Detailed Genetic History of Modern Europe

April 24, 2013

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An international team of researchers used ancient DNA to reconstruct the first high-resolution genetic record of modern European lineages through time, observing both human DNA evolving in ‘real-time’ and the dramatic population changes that have taken place in Europe. Ancient DNA recovered from a series of skeletons in central Germany up to 7500 years old […]

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Scientists Reconstruct the Ancestor of Placental Mammals

February 12, 2013

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More than twenty scientists collaborated on a recently published study that reconstructed the ancestor of placental mammals. The common ancestor of more than 5,000 contemporary placental mammals such as rats, whales, and humans was a small, insect-eating animal that appeared after the dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, an international team of researchers report […]

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400,000 Year Old Fossil Helps Shed New Light on Human Evolution

February 11, 2013

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A nearly 400,000 year old human fossil discovered in a Serbian cave is helping scientists shed new light on human evolution. Winnipeg, MB – A fossil fragment of a human lower jaw recovered from a Serbian cave is the oldest human ancestor found in this part of Europe. The newly obtained radiometric date of the […]

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Ancient DNA Reveals Link between Early Humans & Present-Day Asians and Native Americans

January 22, 2013

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Analyses of ancient DNA, which had been extracted from the leg bone of an early modern human living some 40,000 years ago near Beijing, revealed that this early modern human was related to the ancestors of many present-day Asians and Native Americans. An international team of researchers including Svante Pääbo and Qiaomei Fu of the […]

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Gene Flow Between Indian Populations and Australia Occurred 4,000 Years Ago

January 15, 2013

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A newly published study led by researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology found evidence that substantial gene flow between Indian populations and Australia occurred about 4,000 years ago. Australia is thought to have remained largely isolated between its initial colonization around 40,000 years ago and the arrival of Europeans in the late […]

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Tuscan Shipwreck Gives Clues of Ancient Eye Treatment

January 8, 2013

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Archaeologists have retrieved medicinal tablets from a 2000-year old shipwreck, indicating that classical Mediterranean civilizations used sophisticated drugs. The scientists published their findings in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences¹. The merchant ship Relitto del Pozzino sank off the coast of Italy in 130 BCE. Archaeological excavations in 1989 and 1990 yielded […]

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Stone Blades Suggest that Early Humans Passed on Technological Skills

November 8, 2012

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Archaeologists have discovered some new stone blades from a cave from South Africa that seem to indicate that early humans were already quite adapt at crafting blades. The scientists published their findings in the journal Nature. The tiny blades are no longer than 3 cm in length were used as tips for throwable spears or […]

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