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2014-04-17 11:32:24

Max Planck researchers reveal relationships between rare languages in the Colombian Amazon The only linguistic data available for Carabayo, a language spoken by an indigenous group that lives in voluntary isolation, is a set of about 50 words. This list was compiled in 1969 during a brief encounter with one Carabayo family. Frank Seifart of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and Juan Alvaro Echeverri of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in...

New Method Allows Researchers To Sort Out DNA Contamination
2014-01-28 06:53:19

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Special precautions are usually a part of retrieving ancient DNA to prevent DNA from researchers or the environment from mixing with that of the fossil. Many ancient fossils, however, have been lying forgotten in museum collections for decades that have become contaminated with present-day human DNA before even entering the laboratory. A solution for this problem, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS),...

Neanderthal Tools Cultural Differences
2013-08-19 16:17:52

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new analysis from an archeologist at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has revealed distinct cultural differences between two groups of Neanderthals based on the divergent design of stone tools between 115,000 and 35,000 years ago. According to a study by researcher Karen Ruebens, the differences point to a more complex Neanderthal culture than what was previously suspected. "In Germany and France there appears to...

Bone Tools Found At Two Paleolithic Dig Sites
2013-08-13 06:45:04

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers working at two neighboring Paleolithic digs in southwestern France have discovered fragments of hide-softening bone tools unlike any previously discovered at Neanderthal sites. Two teams hailing from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and the Leiden University in the Netherlands jointly reported the discovery of the bone tools – the oldest of their kind ever found in Europe....

Sexuality Bonobo Female Dominance
2013-07-16 08:36:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Among mammalian species, female social dominance is rare. However, one of our closest living relatives, bonobos, are known for the relatively high statuses females hold in social groups. This puzzles researchers as the males are often bigger and stronger than the females. A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has analyzed the dominance relations between male and female wild bonobos, taking particular...

Fossil Analysis Reveals Ancestry Of Early Modern Humans
2013-01-23 07:13:37

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A multinational team of scientists led by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology has sequenced nuclear and mitochondrial DNA extracted from the leg of an early modern human found in the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, China. The Tianyuan human shared a common origin with the ancestor of many present-day Asians and Native Americans, the analysis showed. Moreover, the team found that the proportion of Neanderthal and Denisovan...

2012-11-29 13:34:42

Skeletal remains in an island cave in Favignana, Italy, reveal that modern humans first settled in Sicily around the time of the last ice age and despite living on Mediterranean islands, ate little seafood. The research is published November 28 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Marcello Mannino and colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany. Genetic analysis of the bones discovered in caves on the Egadi islands provides some of the first...

Neanderthals And Humans - Interbreeding Or Common Ancestry
2012-08-14 07:51:50

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from the University of Cambridge finds that the DNA similarities between Neanderthals and modern humans are more likely to have arisen from a shared common ancestor than from interbreeding. Previously, it has been suggested that the shared parts of the genome sequence between the two populations was the result of interbreeding, but the new research, published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Image 1 - Entire Genome Of Extinct Human Decoded
2012-02-07 14:31:14

[ Watch the Video ] Researchers have decoded the entire genome of a fossil from an extinct species of human related to Neanderthals. The team from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology sequenced every position in the Denisovan genome about 30 times over. They used DNA extracted from less than 10 milligrams of the finger bone discovered in Denisova Cave in southern Siberia. Svante Pääbo and his colleagues presented a draft version of...

2011-12-14 19:19:49

Compared to Neanderthals, modern humans have a better sense of smell Differences in the temporal lobes and olfactory bulbs also suggest a combined use of brain functions related to cognition and olfaction. The increase of brain size is intimately linked to the evolution of humanity. Two different human species, Neanderthals and modern humans, have independently evolved brains of roughly the same size but with differing shapes. This could indicate a difference in the underlying brain...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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