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Human Evolution, Neanderthals And Interbreeding
2012-07-28 06:49:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A recent genetics study has shown evidence that another branch of the human evolutionary tree may have existed alongside Neanderthals, fueling the ongoing feud between paleontologists and geneticists. According to the study published this week in the journal Cell, a team of geneticists led by Joseph Lachance and Sarah A. Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania found DNA evidence of an interbreeding with an unknown archaic species of...

2012-04-27 12:33:30

If Pygmies are known for one trait, it is their short stature: Pygmy men stand just 4'11" on average. But the reason why these groups are so short and neighboring groups are not remains unclear. Scientists have proposed various theories based on natural selection, including that Pygmies' reduced size lowered nutritional requirements, helped them better handle hot climates, or allowed them to reach sexual maturity at an earlier age. Now a new study of the Western African Pygmies in...

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2009-11-19 09:50:00

Homo floresiensis not diseased sub-population of healthy humans Researchers from Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York have confirmed that Homo floresiensis is a genuine ancient human species and not a descendant of healthy humans dwarfed by disease. Using statistical analysis on skeletal remains of a well-preserved female specimen, researchers determined the "hobbit" to be a distinct species and not a genetically flawed version of modern humans. Details of the study appear in the...

2009-10-05 15:18:33

A new study suggests that high mortality rates in small-bodied people, commonly known as pygmies, may be part of the reason for their small stature. The study, by Jay Stock and Andrea Migliano, both of the University of Cambridge, helps unravel the mystery of how small-bodied people got that way. The article appears in the October issue of Current Anthropology. Adult males in small-bodied populations found in Africa, Asia and Australia are less than four feet, 11 inches (150 centimeters)...

2009-04-30 11:37:57

A U.S. anthropologist says the ancestry of early hominids nicknamed hobbits remains a mystery despite years of research. William L. Jungers of Stony Brook University said researchers are debating the origin of the tiny people who once lived on the Indonesian island of Flores, The New York Times reported this week. The discovery of hobbit fossils six years ago resulted in numerous theories about the origin of the hobbits and little consensus. Jungers said the little people could be primitive...

2009-04-14 11:42:03

A French-led study has plotted African pygmies' ancestry, determining the pygmies' ancestors and neighboring farmers separated about 60,000 years ago. The researchers at the Pasteur Institute said all African Pygmies living in Central Africa descend from a unique population who lived around 20,000 years ago. Pygmies are characterized by a forest-dwelling hunter-gathering lifestyle, distinctive cultural practices and physical traits, especially short stature. Two groups of Pygmy populations...

2009-04-10 08:56:48

All African Pygmies, inhabiting a large territory extending west-to-east along Central Africa, descend from a unique population who lived around 20,000 years ago, according to an international study led by researchers at the Institut Pasteur in Paris. The research, published April 10 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, concludes that the ancestors of present-day African Pygmies and farmers separated ~60,000 years ago. Pygmies are characterized by a forest-dwelling hunter-gathering...

2009-02-06 08:35:00

Despite the great cultural, physical, and genetic diversity found amongst the numerous West Central African human populations that are collectively designated as "Pygmies," a report published online on February 5th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, finds that they diverged from a single ancestral population just about 2,800 years ago. The new study is the first to reconstruct the history of the numerous forest-dwelling pygmy populations, who make their livings as...

2006-08-22 04:51:58

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Skeletal remains of a homonoid nicknamed "hobbit" and found in a cave on a remote Indonesian island are from an ancestor of human pygmies still living there today, scientists say. Previous researchers concluded in 2004 that the remains on Flores island represented a new species of human, "Homo floresiensis," which was about 3-feet tall with brains roughly the size of grapefruits. But in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this...

2006-08-22 04:50:00

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Skeletal remains of a homonoid nicknamed "hobbit" and found in a cave on a remote Indonesian island are from an ancestor of human pygmies still living there today, scientists say. Previous researchers concluded in 2004 that the remains on Flores island represented a new species of human, "Homo floresiensis," which was about 3-feet tall with brains roughly the size of grapefruits. But in an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this week, a team...