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New genetic research shows we have more in common with Neanderthals than we thought

Should you find yourself in the Natural History Museum between now and the end of September, wander past the diplodocus to the back of the central hall and turn left to make your way to the Jerwood gallery. In there, you’ll find an astonishing collection of stone tools, cut-marked bones…

Researchers: High diabetes risk in Latin America could be traced back centuries

Scientists on Wednesday said they had found a variant of a gene to explain why Latin Americans are at higher risk of Type 2 diabetes, and pointed to a possible DNA legacy from the Neanderthals. The variant lies on a gene called SLC16A11, which plays a part in breaking down…

Tiny Neanderthal toebone highlights early human inter-breeding

A tiny toebone from a Neanderthal woman who lived around 50,000 years ago has shown that several branches of early humans interbred before a single group, Homo sapiens, rose to dominate. The bone has provided the final piece to a project, launched in 2006 by European evolutionary anthropologist Svante Paabo,…

Researchers: Neanderthals cared for and buried their elders

An old Neanderthal man who could barely walk and had lost his teeth was cared for by fellow cave people and then painstakingly buried after he died, researchers said Monday. The latest findings are based on 13 years of research at an excavation site in central France, adding new evidence…

Ancient humans interbred with Neanderthals and mystery species in ‘Lord of the Rings’ world

Ancient humans interbred with Neanderthals, Denisovans and a mystery species that may have originated in Africa and migrated to Asia, paleontologists said this week. Improved genome sequencing from two extinct human relatives suggests the forerunners to modern humans intermingled with one another more extensively than was previously known. Ancient genomes,…

Study: Archeologists find remains of human-Neanderthal hybrid

Researchers believe they have pinpointed the skeletal remains of the first known human-Neanderthal hybrid, according to a study published Wednesday in the peer reviewed scientific journal PLoS ONE. The finding comes from northern Italy, where some 40,000 years ago scientists believe Neanderthals and humans lived near each other, but developed separate…

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