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  • Neandertals: Ancient Stone Age builders had tech skills

    In at least one part of Stone Age Europe, Neandertals were lords of the rings. Neandertals are close evolutionary cousins of modern humans. Some 176,500 years ago, these ancient folk built large, circular structures, researchers now report. Found on the floor of a cave in southern France, the circles had been built from broken-off mounds of minerals. These natural stone mounds are known as...

    07:00 AM, June 8, 2016 Ancient Times, Archaeology, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 8.1
  • Pacific islanders got a double dose of Stone Age DNA

    Unlike people in the rest of world, some modern-day Pacific Islanders have inherited genes from two different groups of Stone Age relatives. That’s the conclusion of new research. And the ancient DNA they carry still affects their health and well-being — in a good way.

    Melanesians live in a group of islands northeast of Papua New Guinea. Their ancestors mated with Neandertals, the new...

    07:00 AM, April 8, 2016 Ancient Times, Genetics, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 8.5
  • Slicing meat may have aided human evolution

    Early members of Homo — the human genus — had a flair for preparing raw sliced meat, a new study suggests. That meaty diet may have literally changed the face of Homo evolution. It also may have enabled advances in talking and walking.

    The early human ancestor that used stone tools to slice up raw meat before eating it is known as Homo erectus. These early hominids lived some 1.8 million...

    12:00 PM, March 22, 2016 Ancient Times, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 6.9
  • Neandertal toe contains human DNA

    Humans and Neandertals may have hooked up much earlier than previously thought.

    Neandertals — Homo neanderthalensis — are ancient members of the human family tree. New evidence has just turned up early ancestors of humans in Africa mated with Neandertals about 110,000 years ago. The clue to that mixing is in the DNA of a Neandertal woman in Siberia, Russia.

    Many humans today carry...

    07:00 AM, March 2, 2016 Ancient Times, Fossils, Genetics, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 7.6
  • News Brief: Ancient teeth point to Neandertal relatives

    Modern humans — our species — go back roughly 200,000 years. But over much of their early history they weren’t the only hominids walking the Earth. Among well-known fellow travelers were Neandertals (which died out around 30,000 years ago). A line of hominids closely related to them is known as the Denisovans (Deh-NEE-so-vins). Over time, Neandertals and Denisovans interbred with humans. But...

    07:00 AM, November 27, 2015 Ancient Times, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 8.3
  • Fossils: Is this new species a human relative?

    Fossils found in an underground cave in South Africa may be from a previously unknown species of the human genus, Homo.

    The fossils come from at least 15 individuals. They were pulled from a pit 30 meters (100 feet) deep. Lee Berger led the team of excavators. He works at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. His team reported details of its find September 10...

    07:00 AM, September 28, 2015 Human evolution, Fossils
    Readability Score: 7.3
  • Fossil find adds a relative to our family tree

    Scientists have discovered fossils of jawbones and teeth from what may be a new species on the human family tree. This distant human relative is long extinct. It lived between 3.3 million and 3.5 million years ago in what’s now Ethiopia.

    Scientists have named the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda (Aw-STRAL-oh-PITH-eh-kus DAY-eer-REM-uh-dah). Researchers used a partial upper jaw and...

    08:45 AM, June 2, 2015 Ancient Times, Fossils, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • High-altitude help from extinct ancestors

    Tibet has been called the “roof of the world.” It’s a vast region in southwest China that sits on the highest plateau on Earth. It's cold and dry. What’s more, its air has 40 percent less oxygen than does the air at sea level. That should make it difficult for people to live there. But Tibetans comfortably survive such extreme conditions. And it’s due in part to an ancient genetic gift from...

    08:47 AM, July 25, 2014 Ancient Times, Health, Genetics, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Neandertal ancestor?

    A clutch of skulls found deep inside a Spanish cave look a lot like Neandertals, an ancient humanlike species. But the shape of these skulls is not quite what scientists would expect from a Neandertal. Such a mix of features suggests that this species, which lived long before Neandertals, was related to them. The new findings also suggest Neandertals went through a long and complicated...

    08:42 AM, July 7, 2014 Human evolution, Archaeology
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Many human ails are ‘scars’ of evolution

    Sometimes it just happens: Step off a curb or walk over a rocky surface and suddenly your ankle twists. At once, your arms flail and your body jerks as you strain to catch your balance. Such trip-ups can be painful and embarrassing. But often the culprit is not clumsiness.

    It’s evolution.

    Traveling upright — on two feet — “is a very peculiar way to walk,” notes Bruce Latimer of...

    08:30 AM, February 7, 2014 Body functions, Ancient Times, Human evolution
    Readability Score: 6.9

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