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Human Y Chromosome Found To Be Much Older Than Previously Believed
2013-03-06 05:56:19

Researchers have discovered a Y chromosome – the hereditary factor determining male sex – that dates back to 100,000 years before the oldest known anatomically modern human fossils.

Gene Mutation Responsible For Severe Form Of Epilepsy Identified
2012-02-24 06:02:48

Researchers at the University of Arizona have identified a previously unknown mutation in a sodium channel protein in the central nervous system as the likely cause of a severe form of epilepsy.

Evolution's Past Is Modern Human's Present
2011-09-08 05:02:13

Mandenka, Biaka and San tested for DNA evidence of ancient interbreeding inside Africa.

Ancient Humans Interbred With Other Hominin Species
2011-09-06 05:10:50

A new study finds that our ancestors bred with more archaic hominin forms around 35,000 years ago, before they migrated out of Africa.


Word of the Day
honeyguide
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.