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2011-01-11 12:00:51

A study published this week says that dying young was not the reason Neanderthals went extinct, adding that that early modern humans had about the same life expectancy as their hairier kin. Scientists have been puzzled over why the Neanderthals disappeared just as modern humans were making huge gains and moving into new parts of Africa and Europe, and some have speculated that a difference in longevity may have been the reason. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...

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2010-12-28 06:35:00

Scientists announced this week the discovery that Neanderthals, the prehistoric cousins of humans, ate grains and vegetables as well as meat, cooking them over fire in the same way early homo sapiens did. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), challenges a well-established theory that Neanderthals' over reliance on meat contributed to their extinction about 30,000 years ago. A team of researchers found grains from different plants, including...

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2010-12-22 14:25:00

Scientists have recovered the DNA code of a human relative discovered recently in Siberia, which found that the relative roamed far from the cave that holds its only known remains. Scientists found evidence that these "Denisovans" from over 30,000 years ago ranged all across Asia.  They apparently interbred with the ancestors of people that now live in Melanesia. There is no sign that Denisovans mingled with ancestors of people living in Eurasia, which made the connection between...

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2010-12-22 13:39:21

Archaeologists in Spain have discovered the remains of a possible family of 12 Neanderthals who were killed 49,000 years ago. The researchers say that markings on the bones show the unmistakable signs of cannibal activity, with the group probably being killed by their peers. The remains were found in a cave in the Asturias region of Northern Spain.  Scientists believe that the six adults and six children who were found in a cave probably lived and died on the surface before the ground...

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2010-11-16 06:00:00

A new analysis of teeth from 11 Neanderthal and early human fossils shows that modern humans are slower than our ancestors to reach full maturity. The findings also suggest that modern kids' lengthy childhoods are a relatively recent phenomenon unique to our own species, and may even have given early humans an evolutionary advantage over Neanderthals. The study is the latest to demonstrate the small, but vital, differences in early development between modern humans and Neanderthals, who...

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2010-11-09 13:58:32

Whether cognitive differences exist between modern humans and Neanderthals is the subject of contentious disputes in anthropology and archaeology. Because the brain size range of modern humans and Neanderthals overlap, many researchers previously assumed that the cognitive capabilities of these two species were similar. Among humans, however, the internal organization of the brain is more important for cognitive abilities than its absolute size is. The brain's internal organization depends on...

2010-11-08 19:36:27

The brains of newborn humans and Neanderthals are about the same size and appear rather similar overall. It's mainly after birth, and specifically in the first year of life, that the differences between our brains and those of our extinct relatives really take shape, according to a report published in the Nov. 9 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. The findings are based on comparisons of virtual imprints of the developing brain and surrounding structures (known as endocasts)...

2010-11-04 13:43:44

Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought Stone Age humans were only able to develop relatively advanced tools after their brains evolved a greater capacity for complex thought, according to a new study that investigates why it took early humans almost two million years to move from razor-sharp stones to a hand-held stone axe. Researchers used computer modelling and tiny sensors embedded in...

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2010-11-03 10:00:00

Human ancestors from over four million years ago were quite promiscuous, with monogamous relationships developing as hominins evolved over time, claims a new study published in the British scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The research, which was led by Emma Nelson of the University of Liverpool's School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, involved the study of the fossilized fingers of Neanderthals and ancient apes, as well as the species Ardipithecus ramidus and...

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2010-10-07 08:28:03

New research suggests that climate change following massive volcanic eruptions drove Neanderthals to extinction and cleared the way for modern humans to thrive in Europe and Asia. The research, led by Liubov Vitaliena Golovanova and Vladimir Borisovich Doronichev of the ANO Laboratory of Prehistory in St. Petersburg, Russia, is reported in the October issue of Current Anthropology. "[W]e offer the hypothesis that the Neanderthal demise occurred abruptly (on a geological time-scale) "¦...


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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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