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Early Humans News
April 1, 2020

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Genetic information from an 800,000-year-old human fossil has been retrieved for the first time. The results shed light on one of the branching points in the human family ... read more
Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals fed themselves on mussels, fish and other marine life. The first evidence has been found by an international team in the cave of Figueira ... read more

Mystery Surrounding Dinosaur Footprints on a Cave Ceiling in Central Queensland Solved

The mystery surrounding dinosaur footprints on a cave ceiling in Central Queensland has been solved after more than a half a ... read more
A new study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations -- a group known as the 'super-archaics' in Eurasia interbred with a ... read more
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Anthropogenic Seed Dispersal: Rethinking the Origins of Plant Domestication

Over the past three millennia, selective breeding has dramatically widened the array of plant domestication traits. However, a close look at the archaeobotanical record illustrates a similar suite of ... read more

Early Worm Lost Lower Limbs for Tube-Dwelling Lifestyle

Scientists have discovered the earliest known example of an animal evolving to lose body parts it no longer ... read more

Gene Loss More Important in Animal Kingdom Evolution Than Previously Thought

Scientists have shown that some key points of animal evolution -- like the ones leading to humans or insects -- were associated with a large loss of genes in the genome. The study compared over 100 ... read more

Human Populations Survived the Toba Volcanic Super-Eruption 74,000 Years Ago

Researchers present evidence that Middle Palaeolithic tool-users were present in India before and after the Toba super-eruption 74,000 years ago. The findings support arguments that Homo sapiens was ... read more

Ancient DNA from Sardinia Reveals 6,000 Years of Genetic History

A new study of the genetic history of Sardinia, a Mediterranean island off the western coast of Italy, analyzed genome-wide DNA data for 70 individuals from more than 20 Sardinian archaeological ... read more

Oldest Reconstructed Bacterial Genomes Link Farming, Herding With Emergence of New Disease

Using Salmonella enterica genomes recovered from human skeletons as old as 6,500 years, an international team of researchers illustrates the evolution of a human pathogen and provides the first ... read more

Dog Domestication During Ice Age

Analysis of Paleolithic-era teeth from a 28,500-year-old fossil site in the Czech Republic provides supporting evidence for two groups of canids -- one dog-like and the other wolf-like - with ... read more

Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique, according to new ... read more

Neanderthal Ancestry Also in African Populations

After sequencing the Neanderthal genome, scientists discovered all present day non-African individuals carry some Neanderthal ancestry in their DNA. Now, researchers present evidence of Neanderthal ... read more

Early North Americans May Have Been More Diverse Than Previously Suspected

Ancient skulls from the cave systems at Tulum, Mexico, suggest that the earliest populations of North America may have already had a high level of morphological diversity, according to a new ... read more

The 'Firewalkers' of Karoo: Dinosaurs and Other Animals Left Tracks in a 'Land of Fire'

In southern Africa, dinosaurs and synapsids, a group of animals that includes mammals and their closest fossil relatives, survived in a 'land of fire' at the start of an Early Jurassic mass ... read more

First Ancient DNA from West/Central Africa Illuminates Deep Human Past

Scientists have produced the first genome-wide ancient human DNA sequences from west and central ... read more

'Living Fossil' May Upend Basic Tenet of Evolutionary Theory

A research team has discovered the first conclusive evidence that selection may also occur at the level of the epigenome -- a term that refers to an assortment of chemical 'annotations' to ... read more

The Mysterious, Legendary Giant Squid's Genome Is Revealed

Important clues about the anatomy and evolution of the mysterious giant squid (Architeuthis dux) are revealed through publication of its full genome ... read more

Neanderthals Went Underwater for Their Tools

Neanderthals collected clam shells and volcanic rock from the beach and coastal waters of Italy during the Middle Paleolithic, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Determine Age for Last Known Settlement by a Direct Ancestor to Modern Humans

An international team of researchers has determined the age of the last known settlement of the species Homo erectus, one of modern humans' direct ancestors. The site is called Ngandong, on the ... read more

Ancient 'Chewing Gum' Yields Insights Into People and Bacteria of the Past

Researchers have succeeded in extracting a complete human genome from a thousands-of-years old 'chewing gum.' According to the researchers, it is a new untapped source of ancient ... read more

How Humans Learned to Dance: From the Chimpanzee Conga Line

Two chimpanzees housed in a zoo in the US have sparked the question about how human dance evolved after being observed performing a duo dance-like behavior, similar to a human conga ... read more

A New Early Whale, Aegicetus Gehennae, and the Evolution of Modern Whale Locomotion

A newly discovered fossil whale represents a new species and an important step in the evolution of whale ... read more

Humans Co-Evolved With Immune-Related Diseases -- And It's Still Happening

Some of the same mutations allowing humans to fend off deadly infections also make us more prone to certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease. Researchers describe ... read more

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