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Entries from December 2013

Neanderthals could speak like modern humans, study suggests

December 22nd, 2013 · No Comments

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25465102 An analysis of a Neanderthal’s fossilised hyoid bone – a horseshoe-shaped structure in the neck – suggests the species had the ability to speak. This has been suspected since the 1989 discovery of a Neanderthal hyoid that looks just like a modern human’s. But now computer modelling of how it works has shown this […]

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Neanderthal Genome Shows Early Human Interbreeding, Inbreeding

December 19th, 2013 · No Comments

Neanderthal Genome Shows Early Human Interbreeding, Inbreeding http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131218133658.htm Dec. 18, 2013 — The most complete sequence to date of the Neanderthal genome, using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, reveals a long history of interbreeding among at least four different types of early humans living in Europe and Asia […]

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Early Tree-Dwelling Bipedal Human Ancestor Was Similar to Ancient Apes and ‘Lucy’ but Not Living Apes

December 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Early Tree-Dwelling Bipedal Human Ancestor Was Similar to Ancient Apes and ‘Lucy’ but Not Living Apes http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131204181252.htm Dec. 4, 2013 — An analysis of the femur of one of the oldest human ancestors reveals the six-million-year-old “Millenium Man” was bipedal but lived in the trees. The research, led by Stony Brook University researchers and their […]

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Mitochondrial Genome of a 400,000-Year-Old Hominin from Spain Decoded

December 5th, 2013 · No Comments

Oldest Hominin DNA Sequenced: Mitochondrial Genome of a 400,000-Year-Old Hominin from Spain Decoded http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131204132018.htm Dec. 4, 2013 — Using novel techniques to extract and study ancient DNA researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have determined an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a 400,000-year-old representative of the genus Homo […]

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