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Archaeologist skeptics reject evidence humans settled Americas 130,000 years ago

When researchers made the astonishing suggestion last year that early humans settled the Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought, they asked doubters ...
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First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal

The earliest Britons were black-skinned, with dark curly hair and possibly blue eyes, new analysis of a 10,000-year-old Somerset skeleton ...
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Charred ‘digging sticks’ found in Italy could be oldest Neanderthal tools made with fire

In the spring of 2012, while digging a hole for a thermal pool, construction workers in Grosseto, Italy, hit scientific ...
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Stone artifacts in India spark new questions about when and how humans developed tools

Sometime around 400,000 years ago human ancestors went on an innovation bender. No longer content to make do with only the large ...
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Speech mystery: Language relies on brain pathways that predate human beings

New research has identified the brain systems involved in language learning and discovered that these systems pre-date the human species ...
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Did life begin in water—or some other liquid?

[W]hile water is an indispensable solvent for all known life forms that exist today, water also inhibits the formation of ...
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Ancient Eurasian DNA helps untangle humanity’s twisted family tree

Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern humans, ...
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Viewpoint: Racism rather than ‘race’ better explains racial disparities in addiction and other diseases

[T]he assumption that health disparities are caused by race rather than racism permeates more subtly in the practices of many ...
Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

In a study published [January 24] in Science Advances, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology announced that the earliest Homo sapiens did ...
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Human Cell Atlas: The quest to build biology’s periodic table

Realizing the need and potential for an atlas of all human cells, two scientists, Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann, have ...
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Unique mix of brain chemicals separates humans from other primates

A team of researchers has now used a novel technique to form a hypothesis on the origins of our rich ...
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Earliest human relative? Mystery and controversy surround 7-million-year-old femur

When anthropologists meet in France at the end of January, one of the most provocative fossils in the study of ...
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Rewriting human history: Fossils discovered in Israel suggest earlier departure from Africa

A small bit of human jawbone found in Israel has been dated to between 177,000 and 194,000 years ago. Before ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Scientific racism’ and eugenics are infiltrating legitimate science again

Researchers with extreme views on race number relatively few but, having languished on the margins of their fields for many ...
Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Endogamy is a powerful but controversial cultural tool. It also can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
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Video: Ancient virus could explain how human memories are formed

The particulars surrounding how our memory works has baffled neuroscientists for decades. Turns out, it’s a very sophisticated process involving ...
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Searching for alien life: Maybe we should start with extraterrestrial viruses

One possibility for what might be out there that’s, relatively speaking, one of the most plausible theories has so far ...
1-21-2018

111-year old mystery solved: Egyptian mummies from 2000 BCE are half-brothers, DNA analysis shows

Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other for nearly 4,000 years are not full brothers, but rather half ...
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Singing the praises of the stick’s role in human evolution

Sticks are probably where the story of craft begins—the point at which our very distant ancestors progressed from animalistic existences ...
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Stop blaming rats for the Black Death—humans may have spread the plague

Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and ...
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Mystery ‘cocoliztli’ epidemic that wiped out the Aztecs may have been caused by salmonella

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, ...
Sex and genetics: We're looking for someone who isn't an exact match of ourselves

Sex and genetics: We’re looking for someone who isn’t an exact match of ourselves

We know that both men and woman are attracted to each other's shapes. But human sexual desire, and partner preference, ...
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Could nearby alien civilizations be more primitive, and therefore undetectable?

Editor's note: Abraham Loeb is chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University As we discover numerous habitable planets around other ...
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Is speculation about alien life legitimate science? Or merely a distraction?

Speculation about extraterrestrials seems to be everywhere these days. [Recently] it was “Tabby’s Star” (more officially known as KIC 8462852), ...
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450-year-old mummy found with oldest evidence of hepatitis B infection

Once, this boy mummy was thought to have died of smallpox, but a new analysis of his now 450-year-old DNA ...
In contrast with adults, children’s embrace of evolution likely hinges on scientific aptitude, not religious beliefs

In contrast with adults, children’s embrace of evolution likely hinges on scientific aptitude, not religious beliefs

In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than ...
Does the shape of your face affect your odds of success or failure in life?

Does the shape of your face affect your odds of success or failure in life?

The science of facial structures has advanced tremendously in recent years, leading to a number of applications and a deeper ...
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Hunter-gatherer ‘paradise’? Stone Age settlement discovered in Israel

Israeli archaeologists have uncovered next to one of the country’s busiest roads the site of an extraordinarily well preserved prehistoric ...