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Ice Age Hominins And Their Adaptability To Climate Change
2011-11-17 10:07:33

Complex computational modeling provides clues to Neanderthal extinction Computational modeling that examines evidence of how hominin groups evolved culturally and biologically in response to climate change during the last Ice Age also bears new insights into the extinction of Neanderthals. Details of the complex modeling experiments conducted at Arizona State University and the University of Colorado Denver will be published in the December issue of the journal Human Ecology, available...

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2011-11-02 13:56:07

By taking a second look at seemingly insignificant fossils, two international teams of researchers have discovered that modern humans arrived in Europe earlier than scientists had originally believed, various media outlets reported on Wednesday. According to AP Science Writer Alicia Chang, the fossils at the center of the discovery were a piece of jawbone with three teeth from England, and a pair of infant teeth from the southern part of Italy. Using what Chang refers to as "refined...

Humans Share Genes With Earlier Human Species
2011-11-01 08:38:39

Humans not only mated with the ancient Neanderthals, but according to a new study from Uppsala University researchers, the East Asian population of the modern species may have also mated with a hominin species known as Denisovans that lived in Siberia 40,000 years ago. Denisovans are only known from a few bone fragments, including a finger bone, a tooth and a possible toe bone, which is still undergoing analysis. Denisovans likely split from the Neanderthal tree around 300,000 years ago,...

2011-10-20 13:42:12

Adaptation to upright walking leaves humans susceptible, Case Western Reserve University study shows Osteoporosis is blamed for backbone fractures. The real culprit could well be our own vertebrae, which evolved to absorb the pounding of upright walking, researchers at Case Western Reserve University say. Compared to apes, humans have larger, more porous vertebrae encased in a much thinner shell of bone. The design works well until men and women age and suffer bone loss, leaving them...

Humans Didn’t Often Mate With Neanderthals
2011-09-14 08:56:16

  Modern humans do show some traces of DNA from Neanderthals, but a new study from Swiss researchers suggests that any breeding between the two was a relatively rare event. The new model, based on DNA samples from modern humans in France and China, shows that successful breeding between the two species occurred at a rate of less than 2 percent, according to researchers at the University of Geneva and the University of Berne in Switzerland. The research, published Monday in the...

Image 1 - New Evolutionary Link Between Australopiths And Humans
2011-09-09 10:51:52

  [ View Video] New analysis of two-million-year-old hominid bones found in South Africa provide the clearest evidence of evolution´s first major step toward modern humans, evidence that is leading some experts to believe the findings will change longstanding views on the origins of humans. The well-preserved bones, from Australopithecus sediba, are from a part-human, part-ape species that have never been seen before now. The hands are similar to man, it has sophisticated...

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 The past is present when it comes to human evolution. That seems to be the takeaway from new research that concludes "archaic" humans, somewhere in Africa during the last 20-60 thousand years, interbred with anatomically modern humans and transferred small amounts of genetic material to their offspring who are alive today. University of Arizona geneticist Michael Hammer and a team of...

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. In fact, up to 2% of the genomes of some modern African populations may originally have come from a closely related species, the researchers said. It is widely accepted that the species Homo sapiens originated in Africa, and eventually spread throughout the world.  However, paleontologists have long wondered whether modern humans came from...

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2011-08-26 05:05:08

  Sexual encounters with Neanderthals produced offspring who inherited vital genes that have helped modern humans combat illness and disease, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. The scientists extracted material from the leg of a Neanderthal and the fingerbone of a Denisovan, an apparent sister species, which yielded readable DNA.  An analysis of the DNA revealed that most of us have some of the genes of these ancient humans. Indeed, the...

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2011-08-24 16:42:48

  According to a new study, the first ancestor of modern humans to master the art of cooking was homo erectus. Harvard University researchers said that the ability to cook and process food allowed homo erectus, the Neanderthals and homo sapiens to make huge evolutionary leaps that differentiated them from chimpanzees and other primates. The scientists back-up claims by previous studies that suggest homo erectus may have known how to cook.  They based their results on an...


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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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Word of the Day
omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.