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Ancient human migration into Europe revealed via genome analysis

Genetic sequencing dating back 45,000 years shows intermixing with Neanderthals more common than previously thoughtGenetic sequencing of human remains dating back 45,000 years has revealed a previously unknown migration into Europe and showed intermixing with Neanderthals in that period was more common than previously thought.The research is based on analysis of several ancient human remains – including a whole tooth and bone fragments – found in a cave in Bulgaria last year. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, World news, Anthropology, Bulgaria, Evolution, Neanderthals


Skull From Czech Cave May Contain Oldest Modern Human Genome

A genome sequenced from a modern human skull has been dated at approximately 45,000 years old, making it the oldest discovery of its kind. It’s a significant archaeological discovery, but the use of an unconventional dating method leaves the result in doubt. In a related study, scientists also show that intermixing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Archaeology, Neanderthals, Stone Age, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Paleolithic, Upper Paleolithic, Specimen, Neanderthal, Cosimo Posth, Ishim, Israel Hershkovitz, Hershkovitz, Bacho Kiro, Middle Stone Age, Early Modern Human


Neanderthals helped create early human art, researcher says

Archaeologist says ability to think and create objects may not have been restricted to homo sapiensWhen Neanderthals, Denisovans and homo sapiens met one another 50,000 years ago, these archaic and modern humans not only interbred during the thousands of years in which they overlapped, but they exchanged ideas that led to a surge in creativity, according to a leading academic.Tom Higham, a professor of archaeological science at the University of Oxford, argues that their exchange explains “a pro...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, University of Oxford, Neanderthals, Tom Higham


Neanderthals died out after Earth's magnetic poles flipped, causing a climate crisis 42,000 years ago, a study says

An exhibit shows a Neanderthal family at the Neanderthal Museum in Krapina, Croatia, in February 2010. Reuters/Nikola Solic Earth's magnetic poles flipped 42,000 years ago, which may have triggered a global climate crisis, a new study found. The resulting changes in temperatures and radiation levels may have killed off many large mammals. The event may have ultimately contributed to the extinction of Neanderthals. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Earth saw a lot of ...
Tags: Europe, Science, London, News, Climate Change, Australia, Russia, Southeast Asia, Trends, Spain, History, Earth, The Guardian, North, Npr, University of Florida


End of Neanderthals linked to flip of Earth's magnetic poles, study suggests

Event 42,000 years ago combined with fall in solar activity potentially cataclysmic, researchers say The flipping of the Earth’s magnetic poles together with a drop in solar activity 42,000 years ago could have generated an apocalyptic environment that may have played a role in a major events ranging from the extinction of megafauna to the end of the Neanderthals, researchers say.The Earth’s magnetic field acts as a protective shield against damaging cosmic radiation, but when the poles switch, ...
Tags: Science, Biology, World news, Earth, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals


A genetic advantage inherited from Neanderthals could give some people a 22% lower risk of severe COVID-19

A model of a Neanderthal male in his twenties on display at the Natural History Museum in London in September 2014. Will Oliver/PA Images/Getty Some people may have genes inherited from Neanderthals that reduce their risk of severe COVID-19 by 22%, a study found. But the same researchers previously found that Neanderthal DNA can also put people at higher risk of respiratory failure due to COVID-19.  The inherited genes are more common in Europe and Asia. Visit the Business section of Insid...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Science, London, News, Sweden, New York City, Africa, Trends, Croatia, Siberia, Natural History Museum, South Asia, Neanderthals, Afp, West Nile


Early humans may have survived the harsh winters by hibernating

Seasonal damage in bone fossils in Spain suggests Neanderthals and their predecessors followed the same strategy as cave bearsBears do it. Bats do it. Even European hedgehogs do it. And now it turns out that early human beings may also have been at it. They hibernated, according to fossil experts.Evidence from bones found at one of the world’s most important fossil sites suggests that our hominid predecessors may have dealt with extreme cold hundreds of thousands of years ago by sleeping through...
Tags: Europe, Science, Spain, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals


New Research Bolsters Claim That Neanderthals Buried Their Dead

A thorough re-analysis of a skeleton belonging to a 2-year-old Neanderthal and the archaeological site in which it was discovered some 50 years ago is providing some of the strongest evidence yet that Neanderthals deliberately buried their dead.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Neanderthals, Paleontology, Burials, Death Rituals


Neanderthals Didn’t Use Their Thumbs Like We Do, New Research Suggests

An analysis of Neanderthal hand bones suggests these extinct humans possessed thumbs better suited for power grips, as opposed to precision grips, which could mean they used their hands differently than we do.Read more...
Tags: Tools, Science, Anatomy, Neanderthals, Grips, Thumbs, Neanderthal Anatomy, Prehistoric Tool Use


Neanderthal genes increase risk of serious Covid-19, study claims

Strand of DNA inherited by modern humans is linked to likelihood of falling severely illCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageModern humans and Neanderthals could be forgiven for having other issues on their minds when they interbred in the stone age. But according to researchers, those ancient couplings laid a grim foundation for deaths around the world today.Scientists have claimed that a strand of DNA that triples the risk of developing severe Covid-19 was passed on from...
Tags: Health, Science, Genetics, Infectious Diseases, Anthropology, Croatia, Neanderthals, Coronavirus outbreak


Swiss scientists grew mini Neanderthal brains in petri dishes

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular and Clinical Ophthalmology in Basel, Switzerland have attempted to isolate the Neanderthal DNA from certain human stem cells. A leader on the project, Grayson Camp, had already performed a similar experiment using chimpanzee stem cells, to get a better understanding of the differences between chimp and human brains. Their research, titled "Human Stem Cell Resources Are an Inroad to Neandertal DNA Functions," was published on June 18, 2020, and began with...
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Humans and Neanderthals 'co-existed in Europe for far longer than thought'

Cave objects suggest early humans and Neanderthals shared continent for several thousand yearsEarly humans were present in Europe at least 46,000 years ago, according to new research on remains found in Bulgaria, meaning that they overlapped with Neanderthals for far longer than previously thought.Researchers say jewellery and tools found at a cave in Bulgaria called Bacho Kiro reveal that early humans and Neanderthals were present at the same time in Europe for several thousand years, giving th...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Anthropology, Bulgaria, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Bacho Kiro


Fascinating Discovery Suggests Neanderthals Invented String

Scientists working in the south of France have discovered a small Neanderthal cord fragment dating back to over 41,000 years ago. It’s now the oldest evidence of fiber technology in the archaeological record, and further testament to the remarkable cognitive abilities of these extinct humans.Read more...
Tags: Science, France, Anthropology, String, Neanderthals, Human Origins, Ancient Technologies


Neanderthals Enjoyed Seafood, Too, New Evidence Suggests

Neanderthals living in Portugal during the last ice age consumed copious amounts of seafood, according to new archaeological evidence. The discovery suggests Neanderthals, like our modern human ancestors, made the most of marine resources.Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Portugal, Seafood, Neanderthals, Human Origins


Cave find shows Neanderthals collected seafood, scientists say

Discovery adds to growing evidence that Neanderthals were very similar to modern humans Neanderthals made extensive use of coastal environments, munching on fish, crabs and mussels, researchers have found, in the latest study to reveal similarities between modern humans and our big-browed cousins.Until now, many Neanderthal sites had shown only small-scale use of marine resources; for example, scattered shells. But now archaeologists have excavated a cave on the coast of Portugal and discovered ...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Portugal, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals


Study Suggests Early Humans Had Even More Interspecies Sex

Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans. New research is now revealing that the common ancestor of Neanderthals and Denisovans interbred with its own predecessor, a population of “superarchaic” hominids.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dna, Anthropology, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans


Scientists discover Neanderthal skeleton that hints at flower burial

The fossils found in Iraqi cave provide fresh evidence the species buried their death with mortuary ritualsA Neanderthal skeleton unearthed in an Iraqi cave, already famous for fossils of these cousins of our species, is providing fresh evidence that they buried their dead – and intriguing clues that flowers may have been used in such rituals.Scientists said they had discovered the well-preserved upper body skeleton of an adult Neanderthal, who lived about 70,000 years ago, in Shanidar Cave in t...
Tags: Science, Iraq, World news, Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Kurdistan, Neanderthals, Shanidar Cave


Newly Discovered Neanderthal Skeleton Hints at Intentional 'Flower Burial'

New excavations at a well-known Neanderthal site have revealed a previously undiscovered Neanderthal skeleton, along with more evidence that these extinct hominins may have had “flower burials” for their dead.
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Tags: Science, Neanderthals, Shanidar Cave, Intentional Flower Burial


Scientists find evidence of 'ghost population' of ancient humans

Traces of unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populationsScientists have found evidence for a mysterious “ghost population” of ancient humans that lived in Africa about half a million years ago and whose genes live on in people today.Traces of the unknown ancestor emerged when researchers analysed genomes from west African populations and found that up to a fifth of their DNA appeared to have come from the missing relatives. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Africa, World news, Anthropology, Archaeology, Neanderthals


Neanderthal genes found for first time in African populations

Findings suggest humans bred with Neaderthals before mass migration 60,000 years agoAfrican populations have been revealed to share Neanderthal ancestry for the first time, in findings that add a new twist to the tale of ancient humans and our closest known relatives.Previously it was believed that only non-African populations carried Neanderthal genes due to interbreeding that took place after a major human migration out of Africa and across the globe about 60,000 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Biology, Africa, Genetics, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals


All Humans Are a Little Bit Neanderthal, According to New Research

We’re all a little Neanderthal. That’s the conclusion of a study that used a new statistical technique to revise estimates of the degree to which modern humans have retained Neanderthal DNA. The research suggests that even people of African descent have Neanderthal heritage, something that was previously in doubt.Read more...
Tags: Science, Africa, Genetics, Neanderthals, New Research, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Interbreeding, Archaeogenetics


Free-Diving Neanderthals Gathered Tools From the Seafloor

New evidence suggests Neanderthals gathered clam shells and volcanic rock from the bottom of the Mediterranean, which they fashioned into tools. The work is yet more evidence that Neanderthals often ventured into the water, and it adds to the body of research showing that they were nothing like the unintelligent,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Neanderthals, Mediterranean, Human Evolution, Ancient Humans


Neanderthals dived for shells to make tools, research suggests

Study adds weight to claims that stereotype of knuckle-headed Neanderthals is wrongNeanderthals went diving for shells to turn into tools, according to new research, suggesting our big-browed cousins made more use of the sea than previously thought.The study focuses on 171 shell tools that were found in a now inaccessible coastal cave in central Italy, known as the Grotta dei Moscerini, which was excavated in 1949. Dating of animal teeth found within layers alongside the shell tools suggest they...
Tags: Europe, Science, World news, Italy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Shellfish, Neanderthals


Bad luck may have caused Neanderthals' extinction – study

Homo sapien invasion may not have prompted Neanderthals’ demise 40,000 years ago Perhaps it wasn’t our fault after all: research into the demise of the Neanderthals has found that rather than being outsmarted by Homo sapiens, our burly, thick-browed cousins may have gone extinct through bad luck alone.The Neanderthal population was so small at the time modern humans arrived in Europe and the Near East that inbreeding and natural fluctuations in birth rates death rates and sex ratios could have f...
Tags: Europe, Science, Biology, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Near East, Homo


Yet More Evidence That Neanderthal Bling Included Eagle Talons

New fossil evidence suggests the Neanderthal practice of collecting eagle talons, which were likely worn as jewelry or used to create powerful symbols, was more extensive than previously thought. Remarkably, the dating of these artifacts suggests modern humans might have copied this practice.Read more...
Tags: Science, Neanderthals, Neanderthal Bling, Ancient Jewelry, Neanderthal Jewelry, Anthropology Science


How This Decade of Archaeology Changed What We Know About Human Origins

Unlike humans living today, our distant ancestors exerted a very small footprint on the planet, leaving barely anything behind to chronicle their time on Earth. With the discovery of each new skull fragment, femur, and stone tool, however, archaeologists are methodically piecing together the fractured history of our…Read more...
Tags: Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Archaic Humans


New Evidence Suggests Neanderthals Were Capable of Starting Fires

Neanderthals were regular users of fire, but archaeologists aren’t certain if these extinct hominins were capable of starting their own fires or if they sourced their flames from natural sources. New geochemical evidence suggests Neanderthals did in fact possess the cultural capacity to spark their own Paleolithic…Read more...
Tags: Science, Chemistry, Fires, Anthropology, Neanderthals, Paleo Pyros, Fire Use


Modern Humans Inherited Even More DNA from Neanderthals and Denisovans Than We Thought

A comprehensive analysis of DNA from modern Melanesian people suggests an assortment of mutated genes inherited from extinct Neanderthals and Denisovans provided evolutionary advantages, such as the ability to consume new foods and avoid infections, among other important benefits.Read more...
Tags: Science, Dna, Genetics, Anthropology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Denisovans, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Archaeogenetics, Hominins, Melanesians


Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals and Modern Humans Split Apart Far Earlier Than We Thought

Dental evidence suggests Neanderthals and modern humans diverged from a common ancestor around 800,000 years ago—hundreds of thousands of years earlier than standard estimates. The finding could finally reveal the provenance of our shared ancestry, but some experts say the new evidence is unconvincing. Read more...
Tags: Science, Neanderthals, Human Evolution, Human Origins, Neanderthal Evolution, Tooth Analysis Suggests Neanderthals


Happy Birthday to Dorothy Garrod, One of the First Women Archaeologists

Equipped with only dining hall spoons, the clothes on their backs, and pure archaeological curiosity, undergraduates at Cambridge’s Newnham College in 1939 were given a crash course in field work when their professor, Dorothy Garrod, led them through the excavation of skeletal remains that had been unearthed on campus…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cambridge, Neanderthals, Women In Science, Newnham College, Dorothy Garrod



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