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Our Neanderthal DNA might explain who gets sickest from COVID-19

[A] small fragment of the genetic code that has been inherited by modern humans from Neanderthals could carry the secret ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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Modern Africans have more Neanderthal ancestry than previously thought, study says

Modern Africans have an average of 17 megabases of Neanderthal DNA in their genomes, according to an analysis published [January ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

Here’s a look back at some of the most significant archaeological and anthropological discoveries of the past decade that fundamentally ...
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Extra copies of Denisovan, Neanderthal DNA helped humans adapt to ancient environments

University of Washington geneticist PingHsun Hsieh and his colleagues found Neanderthal and Denisovan versions of some genes in the genomes ...
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Were Neanderthals doomed by their inbreeding?

Mounting evidence suggests Neanderthals also had a habit of inbreeding, or conceiving with close relatives. Several studies have now reported ...
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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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Startling discovery: Ancient mixed-race girl had Neanderthal and Denisovan parents

[T]ens of thousands of years ago, modern humans encountered Denisovans – and had sex with them. It is a startling ...
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Neanderthals’ healthcare skills helped them survive through Ice Age

Neanderthals cared for their sick and wounded, and new research suggests this well-documented behavior was more than just a cultural ...
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National identity and what the genes of Aboriginal Australians tell us about ‘what it is to be human’

Recent genetic research suggests that Aboriginal Australians have lived on their island continent for at least 50,000 years (with some ...
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‘Remarkable’ love child: Here’s what happened when a Neanderthal met a Denisovan

In a remarkable twist in the story line of early human evolution, scientists have announced the discovery of “Denisova 11”—a ...
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Here’s why we now believe Neanderthals were able to create fire

New research shows that Neanderthals were able to start fires using stone tools. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, present ...
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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 ...