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What caused anatomically modern Homo sapiens to evolve into behaviorally modern people?

At some point, from around 40,000 years ago in Europe, we see evidence of these behaviourally modern humans in a ...
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What the ‘lady in the well’ tells us about ancient population movement in the Middle East

The bones of a woman of Central Asian descent found at the bottom of a deep well after a violent ...
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From art to zombies, the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic gave us some ‘surprising cultural byproducts’

Elizabeth Outka, author of "Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature," argues the 1918 flu pandemic's influence is an ...
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Podcast: Tracing humanity’s roots: uncovering history and genetic diversity in Africa

We explore the genetic diversity in the birthplace of humanity and discover the cultural and historical stories written in the ...
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How culture shapes the evolution of our genes

The well worked out examples of the impact of human culture in re-shaping our own evolution are riveting, I think ...
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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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Personal DNA tests challenged for perpetuating ‘false notions’ of ethnic cultures and race

Genetic-ancestry tests are having a moment. Look no further than Spotify: [Last month], the music-streaming service—as in, the service used ...
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‘War of words’ over what to call lab-grown meat exposes divide in America’s food culture

On [July 12th], in a small but packed auditorium, the FDA convened a public meeting about lab-grown meat—but you wouldn’t ...
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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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Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
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Discovery of stalagmites, burned bones provides insights into pre-modern Neanderthal culture

A new cache of artifacts found in a French cave are evidence of a rich Neanderthal culture and a reminder ...
ADHD mystery: Claims of no attention deficit disorder in France challenged

ADHD mystery: Claims of no attention deficit disorder in France challenged

Some say low French ADHD rates reflect poor diagnoses. Others say they show ADHD isn't biological. Geneticists say they're working ...