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Evolutionary History Of Interbreeding Between Neanderthals And Humans
2014-04-09 06:59:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether or not early humans and Neanderthals interbred has been the subject of much debate in scientific circles for a long time. Thanks to a new genomic analysis method from the University of Edinburgh, technical objections to that idea have been overcome. The technique, described in a recent issue of GENETICS, is able to detect the genetic signatures of interbreeding with more confidence than previous methods. The research team...

Scientists Find 800,000-Year-Old Human Footprints On Norfolk Beach
2014-02-07 13:51:03

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists have discovered the oldest human footprints ever found in Europe on a Norfolk beach. Archaeologists, publishing a paper in the journal PLOS ONE, say they found the footprints while working at an excavation site in Happisburgh, UK along the Norfolk coast. The team said the prints consist of about five individuals who lived more than 800,000 years ago. According to the study, these prints provide direct evidence of the...

Neanderthal Genome Survives In Modern Humans
2014-01-30 04:32:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online More than 20 percent of the Neanderthal genome survives in modern human populations, and individuals currently living outside of Africa are composed of between one and four percent Neanderthal DNA, according to a pair of new research papers published on Wednesday. In the first study, population geneticists Benjamin Vernot and Joshua M. Akey of the University of Washington’s Department of Genome Sciences used a new approach to...

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 Man May Have Been Able To Speak, According To New Evidence
2013-12-21 05:15:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online New analysis of a Neanderthal’s hyoid bone provides evidence suggesting the extinct humanoids had the ability to speak, an international team of researchers write in the latest edition of the journal PLoS ONE. Previously, a 1989 description of this horseshoe shaped structure in the neck originating from a fossil found in Kebara Cave in Israel “fueled scientific debate on the evolution of speech and complex language,” the...

Evidence Shows Incest, Interbreeding Common Among Neanderthals
2013-12-18 15:10:49

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Genetic sequencing of DNA extracted from a Neanderthal woman’s toe bone reveals the species was not only incestuous, but also interbred with other types of human ancestors, according to research scheduled for publication in Thursday’s edition of the journal Nature. An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, completed what they are calling the most complete sequencing...

2013-12-18 13:37:37

Recent highlights in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution With the Neanderthal genome now published, for the first time, scientists have a rich new resource of comparative evolution. For example, recently, scientists have shown that humans and Neanderthals once interbreed, with the accumulation of elements of Neanderthal DNA found in up to 5 percent in modern humans. Are there any advantages to the retention of Neanderthal DNA that favors modern humans? In a new article published...

Neanderthals Buried Their Dead
2013-12-17 07:44:47

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A 50,000-year-old Neanderthal skeleton discovered in a cave in southwestern France was intentionally buried, a finding that confirms burials took place in Western Europe prior to the arrival of modern humans. “This discovery not only confirms the existence of Neanderthal burials in Western Europe, but also reveals a relatively sophisticated cognitive capacity to produce them,” said William Rendu, the study’s lead author and...

Earliest Known Human DNA Offers Clues To Our Origins
2013-12-05 06:19:43

[ Watch the Video: Oldest DNA Ever Sequenced Raises Some Questions ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists have extracted and sequenced the oldest known human DNA and the findings are raising new questions about our ancestors and human evolution. Geneticists led by Matthias Meyer at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany extracted a nearly 400,000-year-old human thigh-bone fossil from the bottom of a cave shaft in northern...


Latest Neanderthal Reference Libraries

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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