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Thigh Bone DNA Helps Narrow Down When Humans, Neanderthals First Intermingled

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Genetic analysis of DNA obtained from a 45,000-year-old modern human thigh bone has allowed researchers to narrow down the time frame in which mating first introduced Neanderthal genes into...

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facial differences
2014-09-18 02:00:28

Robert Sanders, University of California - Berkeley The amazing variety of human faces – far greater than that of most other animals – is the result of evolutionary pressure to make each of us unique and easily recognizable, according to a new study by University of California, Berkeley, scientists. Our highly visual social interactions are almost certainly the driver of this evolutionary trend, said behavioral ecologist Michael J. Sheehan, a postdoctoral fellow in UC Berkeley’s...

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2014-09-02 04:50:51

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Neanderthals have a reputation for being unintelligent brutes, but the discovery of a series of lines scratched into a rock wall in southwestern Europe suggests that the predecessors of modern humans might have had the intelligence and creativity to produce cave art. In research published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, experts from 11 different European institutions reported discovering the...

Neanderthals and Modern Man
2014-08-21 07:47:02

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthals died out approximately 10,000 years earlier than previously believed, due in part to the fact that modern humans arrived in Europe sooner than originally thought, an international team of researchers reported Wednesday in the journal Nature. Professor Thomas Higham of the University of Oxford and his colleagues obtained new radiocarbon dates for roughly 200 bone, charcoal and shell samples from 40 important European...

Inner Ear Fossil Shakes Up The Understanding Of Human Evolution
2014-07-08 12:25:28

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Originally thought to be a sequential progression, human evolution has been shown to include a rich tapestry of species that interbred over thousands of years. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis has revealed yet another twist in this intricate story of our evolution. Based on the re-examination of an approximately 100,000-year-old early human skull found in Northern China, the new study discovered an inner-ear...

Neanderthal
2014-06-26 10:49:37

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While popular culture may have conditioned us to think of Neanderthals as mindless meat-eaters, a new study has shown that earlier humans probably ate more plants, tubers and nuts than previously thought. Published in the journal PLOS ONE, the new study is based on an analysis of fecal remnants discovered in a known site of Neanderthal occupation in southern Spain known as El Salt. The analysis of five samples indicated that...

“Mosaic Pattern” Of Cranial Evolution Supported By Study Of Neanderthal Skulls In Spain
2014-06-20 08:27:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online Analysis of several skulls found in a Spanish cave reveal that the trademark facial features of the Neanderthals appeared prior to their braincases, lending new support to the “mosaic pattern” theory that the long extinct human predecessors did not evolve their defining characteristics all at the same time. The study, which appears in the journal Science, uses new data obtained from 17 fossilized human skulls obtained from...

Neanderthals Were Not Inferior To Modern Man, Claims A New Study
2014-05-01 05:22:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthals were not actually intellectually inferior to humans, and may have been wiped out not because they were dim-witted, but because of inbreeding with modern man, according to research published in the April 30 edition of the journal PLOS One. Neanderthals, which thrived in Eurasia for over 300,000 years, disappeared approximately 40,000 years ago. Many commonly-held theories blame their inferiority to modern humans in...

2014-04-22 14:14:58

The answer lies in changes in the way our genes work In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage? The truth is that little is known about our unique genetic makeup as distinguished from our archaic cousins, and how it contributed to the fact that we...

Genetic Switches Explain Differences Between Neanderthals And Modern Man
2014-04-18 10:51:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With Neanderthals and modern humans sharing more than 99.8 percent of their genetic material, the differences in DNA between the two species are fairly minimal and a new study has found that the differences seen in phenotypes are mostly caused by certain genes being “switched on” or “switched off.” According to the study published in the journal Science, genetic switches that affect the size and shape of limbs, as well as those...

Iberian Peninsula Was Not Shared By Neanderthals And Cro-Magnon Man
2014-04-14 14:35:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has placed both Neanderthals and modern humans, in the form of Cro-Magnons, in the Iberian Peninsula at the same time, around 40 thousand years ago. However, a new study using more modern techniques has shown that these two humanoid species never lived together on the Iberian Peninsula – unlike parts of the Middle East where evidence has shown that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens lived side-by-side and interbred....


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Wild Man
2014-01-28 14:30:10

The Wild Man of the Navidad has been claimed to be the first Bigfoot in Texas. It was widely reported in 1837 along the Navidad River, in Sublime, Texas. The slaves of that era called it “The Thing That Comes,” because it was never seen, but evidence pointed to something being there. During the night inside the cabins, food would go missing; their fattened hogs would be replaced with thin ones. However, no valuables were never touched. Tools would sometimes go missing but would return...

Neanderthals
2013-10-03 16:03:35

The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating back from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species gets its name from Neandertal, “Neander’s Valley”, the location in Germany where it was first uncovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a distinct species of the...

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