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    New footprint finds suggest range of body sizes for Lucy’s species

    Famous footprints of nearly 3.7-million-year-old hominids, found in 1976 at Tanzania’s Laetoli site, now have sizable new neighbors.

    While excavating small pits in 2015 to evaluate the impact of a proposed field museum at Laetoli, researchers uncovered comparably ancient hominid footprints about 150 meters from the original discoveries. The new finds reveal a vast range of body sizes for...

    12/16/2016 - 13:04 Anthropology, Ancestry
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    Ancient hookups gave chimps a smidge of bonobo DNA

    Like lipstick on a collar, new DNA evidence is pointing to ancient affairs between bonobos and chimpanzees.

    Chimps carry a small percentage of bonobo DNA, researchers report in the Oct. 28 Science. The conclusion comes from analysis of the genetic instruction books, or genomes, of 63 wild-born chimps, two captive chimps named Clint and Donald, and 10 wild-born bonobos. The apes came from...

    10/27/2016 - 14:00 Genetics, Animals, Ancestry
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    DNA data offer evidence of unknown extinct human relative

    VANCOUVER — Traces of long-lost human cousins may be hiding in modern people’s DNA, a new computer analysis suggests.

    People from Melanesia, a region in the South Pacific encompassing Papua New Guinea and surrounding islands, may carry genetic evidence of a previously unknown extinct hominid species, Ryan Bohlender reported October 20 at the annual meeting of the American Society of...

    10/21/2016 - 16:01 Genetics, Ancestry
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    Single exodus from Africa gave rise to today’s non-Africans

    One wave of ancient human migrants out of Africa gave rise to all non-Africans alive today, three separate genetic studies conclude.

    Those human explorers left Africa about 50,000 to 72,000 years ago, mixed with Neandertals and spread across the world, researchers report online September 21 in Nature. The studies present data from genetically diverse and previously unrepresented...

    09/21/2016 - 15:28 Genetics, Ancestry, Climate
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    Pacific islanders got a double whammy of Stone Age DNA

    Modern-day Melanesians carry a two-pronged genetic legacy of ancient interbreeding that still affects their health and well-being, researchers say.

    Unlike people elsewhere in the world, these Pacific islanders possess nuclear DNA that they inherited from two Stone Age hominid populations, say population geneticist Benjamin Vernot, formerly of the University of Washington in Seattle, and...

    03/17/2016 - 14:00 Ancestry, Genetics, Human Evolution
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    Ancient DNA reveals who is in Spain’s ‘pit of bones’ cave

    Neandertals hung out in what’s now northern Spain around 430,000 years ago, an analysis of ancient DNA suggests. That’s an earlier Neandertal presence in Europe, by at least 30,000 years, than many researchers had assumed.

    Fragments of nuclear DNA from a tooth and partial leg bone discovered at Sima de los Huesos, a chamber deep inside a Spanish cave, resemble corresponding parts of a...

    03/14/2016 - 12:21 Anthropology, Ancestry, Genetics
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    Human DNA found in a Neandertal woman

    Humans and Neandertals may have hooked up much earlier than previously thought.

    Early ancestors of humans in Africa interbred with Neandertals about 110,000 years ago, an international group of researchers reports online February 17 in Nature. That genetic mixing left its mark on the DNA of a Siberian Neandertal, the researchers have discovered. While many humans today carry bits of...

    02/17/2016 - 13:00 Ancestry, Human Evolution, Genetics
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    Neandertal DNA may raise risk for some modern human diseases

    Finding Neandertal ancestors in the human family tree was shocking enough when researchers announced it in 2010. Now the implications for modern-day people carrying surviving Neandertal DNA may prove just as stunning.

    Today, Europeans and Asians carry, on average, between 1.5 percent and 4 percent Neandertal DNA. A flurry of new studies suggests that the genetic hand-me-downs may once...

    02/11/2016 - 14:00 Genetics, Human Evolution, Ancestry
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    No fairy tale: Origins of some famous stories go back thousands of years

    “Beauty and the Beast” is practically “a tale as old as time.” So are a few other folktales, new research shows.

    Statistical ties between a set of folktales and languages from parts of Europe and Asia have helped researchers date the origins of some stories to thousands of years ago. The roots of the oldest one — a folktale called “The Smith and the Devil” — stretch back to the Bronze...

    01/19/2016 - 19:05 Ancestry, Language, Anthropology
  • Feature

    Year in review: Native Americans are Kennewick kin

    Kennewick Man, whose 8,500-year-old skeleton sparked a controversy when it was found in Washington state, was a relative of present-day Native Americans, researchers reported this year. Since the discovery of the skeleton in 1996, Native American tribes have claimed Kennewick Man as their own and requested the bones be handed over for a ceremonial burial. Some scientists argued, though, based...

    12/15/2015 - 06:30 Human Evolution, Anthropology, Ancestry