History is written by the winners—unless newly revealed DNA evidence sets the record straight.
December 13, 2017: Today's links to headline stories from around the world on the threats, opportunities, and dangers facing our fragile planet --along with an occasional dash of humor, popular culture, and an intriguing conspiracy theory or two. Newfound Antarctica...
Genus Homo: The brains of modern humans are different than other primates in particular ways. Modern Humans (H. sapiens): Ancient DNA from South Africa pushes back the origins of modern humans. How did ancient humans organize themselves? Check their genomes. Show More Summary
An international team of researchers has discovered a previously unrecognized genus of extinct horses that roamed North America during the last ice age.
The unique bacterial DNA of CpG oligonucleotides will —reinforce the hepatitis B vaccine—and could drop liver cancer rates.
New genetics research settles questions about the peoples of Newfoundland and Labrador – and helps highlight what genetics can’t tell us Genetics research has transformed our understanding of human history, particularly in the Americas. Show More Summary
Ancient DNA studies have established that Neolithic European populations were descended from Anatolian migrants who received a limited amount of admixture from resident hunter-gatherers. Many open questions remain, however, about the spatial and temporal dynamics of population interactions and admixture during the Neolithic period. Show More Summary
Researchers who've analyzed the complete mitochondrial genomes from ancient samples representing two species of saber-toothed cats have a new take on the animals' history over the last 50,000 years. The data suggest that the saber-toothed cats shared a common ancestor with all living cat-like species about 20 million years ago. Show More Summary
Thanks to its geography, the southeastern Pacific island of Rapa Nui — also known as Easter Island — has been in the center of a long-running debate about how early people may have sailed back and forth across the planet's biggest ocean. Show More Summary
(Cell Press) Rapa Nui (Easter Island, Chile) has long been a source of intrigue and mystery. How did such a small community of people build so many impressively large statues? And what happened to cause that community to collapse? Researchers...Show More Summary
Egyptian mummies provide archaeologists with a tantalizing window into ancient Egyptian culture. And now they are offering up their DNA.
Endogenous retroviruses wormed into the human genome eons ago. Today viral genes continue to produce a variety of mysterious proteins in the body.
The world now has its second ever high-quality Neanderthal genome.
(University of Adelaide) Ancient DNA extracted from fossil bones and museum specimens has shed new light on the mysterious loss of the Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) from Australia's mainland.
South Africa is well-known for its hominin fossil record. But this time, results from a study of ancient DNA presented in the September 28th First Release early online issue of Science show that the 2000-year-old remains of a boy found at Ballito Bay in KwaZulu-Natal during the 1960s, helped to rewrite human history.
Africa has long been known as the 'cradle of mankind', but up to now, the genetic information has been largely derived from modern population studies. The post First large-scale ancient DNA study helps reconstruct African population structure appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.
Burials at Mount Hora in Malawi yielded DNA used in the study DNA from ancient remains has been used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa. Researchers sequenced the genomes of 16 individuals who lived between 8,000 and 1,000 years ago. Show More Summary
New techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much more
Specialists in ancient DNA at the University of Adelaide used an anthropological gold mine to figure out how humans first migrated across Australia.
Insects and plants have an important ancient defence mechanism that helps them to fight viruses. This is encoded in their DNA. Scientists have long assumed that vertebrates - including humans - also had this same mechanism. But researchers at KU Leuven (University of Leuven), Belgium, have found that vertebrates lost this particular asset in the course of their evolution.