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Human Evolution 211Ʊ
October 28, 2020

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Oldest Securely Dated Evidence for a River Flowing Through the Thar Desert, Western India

Using luminescence dating of ancient river sediments, a new study presents evidence for river activity at Nal Quarry in the central Thar Desert ...

Fossil Footprints Tell Story of Prehistoric Parent's Journey

Hungry giant predators, treacherous mud and a tired, probably cranky toddler -- more than 10,000 years ago, that was the stuff of every parent's nightmare. Evidence of that type of frightening trek ...

Climate Change Likely Drove Early Human Species to Extinction, Modeling Study Suggests

Of the six or more different species of early humans, all belonging to the genus Homo, only we Homo sapiens have managed to survive. Now, a study ...

Modern Humans Took Detours on Their Way to Europe

Favourable climatic conditions influenced the sequence of settlement movements of Homo sapiens in the Levant on their way from Africa to Europe. In a first step, modern humans settled along the coast ...
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Neanderthals May Have Had a Lower Threshold for Pain

Nerve cells have a special ion channel that has a key role in starting the electrical impulse that signals pain and is sent to the brain. New research finds that people who inherited the Neanderthal ...

Foxes Have Been Eating Humans' Leftovers for 42,000 Years

The diets of ancient foxes were influenced by humans, and these small carnivores might be tracers of human activity over ...

Neanderthals of Western Mediterranean Did Not Become Extinct Because of Changes in Climate, Study Shows

According to paleoclimatic reconstructions analyzing stalagmites sampled in some caves in the Murge plateau (Apulia, Italy), Neanderthals might have become extinct because Homo sapiens employed more ...

Studying the Neanderthal DNA Found in Modern Humans Using Stem Cells and Organoids

Protocols that allow the transformation of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines into organoids have changed the way scientists can study developmental processes and enable them to ...

A Neanderthal Woman from Chagyrskaya Cave

Until now, the genomes of only two Neanderthals have been sequenced in high quality: one from Vindjia Cave in modern-day Croatia and one from Denisova Cave in Siberia's Altai Mountains. A ...

Discovery of Oldest Bow and Arrow Technology in Eurasia

The origins of human innovation have traditionally been sought in the grasslands and coasts of Africa or the temperate environments of Europe. More extreme environments, such as the tropical ...

Denisovan DNA Influences Immune System of Modern Day Oceanian Populations

More than 120,000 novel human genetic variations that affect large regions of DNA have been discovered, some of which are linked to immune response, disease susceptibility or ...

Initial Upper Paleolithic Technology Reached North China by ~41,000 Years Ago

A wave of new technology in the Late Paleolithic had reached North China by around 41,000 years ...

Genomic Analysis in Samples of Neanderthals and Modern Humans Shows a Decrease in ADHD-Associated Genetic Variants

The frequency of genetic variants associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has decreased progressively in the evolutionary human lineage from the Paleolithic to the present ...

Chimpanzees Help Trace the Evolution of Human Speech Back to Ancient Ancestors

One of the most promising theories for the evolution of human speech has finally received support from chimpanzee ...

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Climate scientists discover that according to new supercomputer model simulations, only competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens can explain the rapid demise of Neanderthals around 43 to 38 ...

Dual Hand Use in Early Human Relative

Research by anthropologists has identified hand use behavior in fossil human relatives that is consistent with modern humans. The human lineage can be defined by a transition in hand use. Early human ...

Tracing the Evolution of Self-Control

Advances in the craftsmanship of stone hand axes around 500,000 years ago suggest individuals at this time possessed characteristics which demonstrate significant self-control, such as concentration ...

Our Species Created Earliest Modern Artifacts in Europe

Blade-like tools and animal tooth pendants previously discovered in Europe, and once thought to possibly be the work of Neanderthals, are in fact the creation of Homo sapiens, or modern humans, who ...

Evidence of Late Pleistocene Human Colonization of Isolated Islands Beyond Wallace's Line

What makes our species unique compared to other hominins? High profile genetic, fossil and material culture discoveries present scientists working in the Late Pleistocene with an ever-more complex ...

Icelandic DNA Jigsaw-Puzzle Brings New Knowledge 211Ʊ Neanderthals

An international team of researchers has put together a new image of Neanderthals based on the genes Neanderthals left in the DNA of modern humans when they had children with them about 50,000 years ...

Origins of Human Language Pathway in the Brain at Least 25 Million Years Old

The human language pathway in the brain has been identified by scientists as being at least 25 million years old -- 20 million years older than previously ...

40,000 Year Old Evidence That Neanderthals Wove String

Researchers have discovered the first evidence of cord making by Neanderthals, dating back more than 40,000 years, on a flint fragment from the prehistoric site of Abri du Maras in the south of ...

When Three Species of Human Ancestor Walked the Earth

Scientists share details of the most ancient fossil of Homo erectus known and discuss how these new findings are forcing us to rewrite a part of our species' evolutionary ...

Lucy Had an Ape-Like Brain

A new study led by paleoanthropologists reveals that Lucy's species Australopithecus afarensis had an ape-like brain. However, the protracted brain growth suggests that -- as is the case in ...

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