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Modern Males Lack Neanderthal Y Chromosome Genes

Modern humans carry up to 4% Neanderthal DNA but a new paper reveals that the Neanderthal Y chromosome is distinct … Continue reading ?...

Neanderthal, The Interior Cave Decorator

A pile of hundreds of broken stalagmite pieces found deep inside Bruniquel cave, France were made by humans from about … Continue reading ?...

“A Story Of Us” Podcast

Frances Sutton, a graduate student, from the Anthropology Department at OSU, emailed me today to let me know of an … Continue reading ?...

More Evidence To Support Neanderthals As Cannibals

Neanderthal remains from Troisième Caverne in Goyet, Belgium have cut marks that imply they were butchered and processed for consumption … Continue reading ?...

The Oldest Evidence of Cancer

In two papers published in the South African Journal of Science, researchers say they've found the oldest definitive evidence of malignancy in a hominid. Prior to this discovery, the oldest known hominin tumor was found in the rib of a Neanderthal dating back to around 120,000 years ago. Continue reading ?

No, Neanderthals Didn’t Give Us Schizophrenia

Thanks to twin studies, schizophrenia is one of the few mental illnesses that we know have a genetic inheritance pattern. … Continue reading ?...

A Revision On The Age Of The Hobbit

Discovered in 2003 in Liang Bua cave, Homo floresiensis stood about three and a half feet tall and weighed around … Continue reading ?

Ritual Human Sacrifice Paved Way For Complex Societies

Anthropologists from New Zealand have collected evidence that suggests that ritualized human sacrifice was a formative rite that paved way … Continue reading ?

Sima de los Huesos Neanderthals Diverged 430,000 Years Ago

Published in Nature, last week, a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology carried out extremely … Continue reading ?

Australopithecus East of the Great Rift Valley

Late last month, an international team of paleontologists led by Emma Mbua of Mount Kenya University and Masato Nakatsukasa of … Continue reading ?

Neanderthals Deliberately Used Manganese To Start Fires

Scientists from Leiden University and Delft University of Technology conducted compositional sediment analyses of a 50,000 year old Neanderthal site, … Continue reading ?

Neanderthal-Human Sex Happened 100,000 Years Earlier

Previously it had been thought that the modern humans and Neanderthals first admixed about 60,000 years ago, but traces of … Continue reading ?

Easter Island Wasn’t Destroyed By War

For centuries, there has been this belief that Rapa Nui suffered a catastrophic population crash, possibly due to war. But … Continue reading ?

Flores’ Hobbits Aren’t Homo sapiens

There have been great debates about the lineage of Homo floresiensis. A new unpublished study in the Journal of Human … Continue reading ?

Was Neanderthal Extinction Due To Human Cultural Superiority?

A couple of new papers about Neanderthals have come out in the prior two weeks that I found particularly interesting. One … Continue reading ?

Race Is A Social Construct

One of our all time most popular posts here on is a 2008 blog post, “Race as a Social … Continue reading ?

The Role of Technology & Culture On Human Evolution

Blombos Cave is an important site discovered in the ’90’s. It is about 300 km east of Cape Town, South … Continue reading ?

Earliest Evidence of Warfare

Researchers from the University of Cambridge Leverhulme Center for Human Evolutionary Studies have published the findings of the remains of … Continue reading ?

Abstract Chauvet Cave Painting Represent A 36,000 Year Old Volcano

A team of French geologists and paleontologists and led by Jean-Michel Geneste, published in PLoS One that they believe that they have … Continue reading ?

Decoding The Origins Of Ötzi’s Gut Flora

In Science this week, researchers have reported they have reconstructed the entire genome of the H. pylori that lived in Ötzi’s … Continue reading ?

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