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Finding My Inner Neandertal

Odds are you carry DNA from a Neandertal, Denisovan or some other archaic human. Just a few years ago such a statement would have been virtually unthinkable. For decades evidence from genetics seemed to support the theory that anatomically modern humans arose as a new species in a single locale in Africa and subsequently spread [...]

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7 Billion and Still Growing: Explosive Population Growth Might Have Helped Us Displace Neandertals

crowd of people on crowded planet of 7 billion

The human population will top seven billion this year—more than double what it was just 50 years ago, experts say. And these next 39 years are expected to bring about some big shifts among the biggest countries. By 2050, India will have surpassed China as the world’s largest population, growing from 1.24 billion to 1.69 [...]

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Not Neandertal: Genome from fossil fingers a new, recently extinct human

fossil human tooth from siberian cave might be from Denisovans

What can be gleaned from a fragment of a 30,000- to 50,000-year-old finger? With highly sensitive genetic sequencing technology, researchers now claim to have spotted a new form of extinct humans that were neither Neandertals nor modern humans. Meet the Denisovans, whose existence was deduced not from a skull or piecemeal skeleton, but mostly from [...]

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