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Tracking Neanderthal DNA in modern humans: There’s been little change in 45,000 years

Neanderthals, modern humans’ closest evolutionary relatives, have been extinct for thousands of years. But due to interbreeding between the two ...
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Inside the cave where Neanderthals and Denisovans may have shared a home

Mysterious ancient hominids known as Denisovans and their evolutionary cousins, Neandertals, frequented a southern Siberian cave starting a surprisingly long ...
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Were humans superior to Neanderthals? Or just luckier?

Prof Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, explains why some old assumptions about the intellectual capabilities of our evolutionary ...
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Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Do we have an undiscovered human ancestor? AI says it’s likely

Through artificial intelligence (AI), scientists have now learned that we may have a completely new and as yet unidentified subspecies ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
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Fossils fill ‘missing link’ gap between early humans and predecessors

Early humans were still swinging from trees two million years ago, scientists have said, after confirming a set of contentious ...
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Ancient DNA answering previously ‘unresolvable’ questions about extinct species

The idea that [the answer to ancient questions] might be preserved in [the DNA of] old specimens has been around ...
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Viewpoint: Why we need to know more about transgenderism and genetics

“Transgender” is a term that Just a few years ago was nonexistent in the news. These day, hardly a week ...
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Infographic: How do urban environments drive genetic change?

Air pollution may favor the adaptation of organisms to become more stress-resistant than their rural counterparts. There is some evidence ...
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Viewpoint: Evolution denialism is back. This time it’s coming from the left

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial, but new discussions about sex and gender have led to a resurgence in denial ...
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Learning about modern genetics through the long-extinct aurochs

The world’s first reported instance of species extinction is also a good window on today’s genetic revolution ...
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Rethinking evolution: Animals’ attraction to beauty may have nothing to do with survival

Numerous species have conspicuous, metabolically costly and physically burdensome sexual ornaments, as biologists call them. Think of the bright elastic ...
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Meet Alice Lee, the woman who disproved myths about skull size, sex, intelligence

On the morning of June 10, 1898, Alice Lee marched into the all-male Anatomical Society meeting at Trinity College in ...
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Was life on Earth sparked by ‘moon-sized’ impact 4.4 billion years ago?

A cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth. A new scenario suggests that some 4.47 billion years ago—a mere 60 ...
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Arguing for and against consciousness in single-celled organisms

A provocative new book by Arthur Reber argues that bacteria are conscious and that the origins of mind are found ...
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What jellyfish can show us about complex evolution through simple genomes

You might expect that as bodies became more complex, genomes did as well. But a recent study appearing in Nature Ecology & Evolution ...
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I’m a geneticist. A DNA test uncovered a half-sister and sparked painful questions

My own discovery is so overwhelming that I can’t talk about it much, even though my new half-sister has possibly ...
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10,000-year-old remains suggest dogs reached North America earlier than previously thought

The skeletal remains of three ancient dogs found buried in Illinois now represent the earliest evidence for the presence of ...
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Urbanization is a ‘massive unplanned experiment’: How cities affect evolution

[C]ities are having profound effects on their animal and plant residents. Globally, about 0.5 percent of Earth’s land area is ...
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Why did dinosaurs thrive for so long, while other ancient species faced extinction?

Everybody knows about the K/Pg Mass Extinction. As soon as we learn about dinosaurs, and demand to know why we ...
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The rise and fall of genetic determinism

We’ve all seen the stark headlines: “Being Rich and Successful Is in Your DNA” (Guardian, July 12); “A New Genetic ...
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Audio: GMOs aren’t just made in the lab. They’re found in nature, too

While genetically modified crops are the result of the intentional introduction of "foreign" genes by humans for a specific agricultural ...
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‘Ancient genes’ could point to our last universal common ancestor

Around 4 billion years ago there lived a microbe called LUCA: the Last Universal Common Ancestor. ... If we trace ...
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Are science and religion destined to be at ‘war’?

Religion and science are incorrectly pictured as warring belief systems ...
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Why don’t humans have fur? We have theories, but no answers

Evolutionary theorists have put forth numerous hypotheses for why humans became the naked mole rats of the primate world. Did we adapt ...
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How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...