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  • 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,...

    12/15/2015 - 06:30 Human Evolution, Anthropology, Ancestry
  • News in Brief

    U.S. is growing more genetically diverse

    BALTIMORE — The American melting pot is more flavorful than ever, a new study reveals.

    Except for a dip in the 1940s, genetic diversity in the United States has been increasing every decade since 1920, Amir Kermany, a computational biologist at AncestryDNA, reported October 9 at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics.

    Americans are increasingly choosing mates...

    10/14/2015 - 14:00 Ancestry, Genetics
  • News

    Into Africa: Ancient skeleton sheds light on reverse migration

    DNA from a man who lived about 4,500 years ago in what’s now Ethiopia has illuminated a surprisingly influential migration of Eurasians into Africa 1,500 years after his death.

    That back-to-Africa trek occurred around 3,000 years ago and left a substantial genetic imprint on populations now living throughout sub-Saharan Africa, say University of Cambridge evolutionary biologist Marcos...

    10/08/2015 - 14:00 Ancestry, Anthropology, Genetics
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    Ancestral humans had more DNA

    A new atlas of human genetic diversity reveals what human ancestors’ DNA may have looked like before people migrated out of Africa.

    Ancestral humans carried 40.7 million more DNA base pairs than people do today, researchers report online August 6 in Science. That’s enough DNA to build a small chromosome, says study coauthor Evan Eichler, an evolutionary geneticist at the University of...

    08/06/2015 - 14:21 Genetics, Human Evolution, Ancestry
  • News

    Research teams duel over Native American origins

    A previously hidden genetic link between native peoples in Australia and the Amazon has inspired two different teams of researchers to reach competing conclusions about the origins of Native Americans.

    One team analyzing modern genetic data finds evidence that at least two ancestral populations gave rise to Native Americans. Another team, analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient...

    07/21/2015 - 13:00 Genetics, Ancestry
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    Kennewick Man’s DNA links him to present-day Native Americans

    Native Americans can claim Kennewick Man as one of their own, an analysis of DNA from one of the ancient individual’s bones finds. But the investigation’s suggestion that Kennewick Man had especially close genetic ties to northern Native American tribes that want to rebury his bones is controversial. 

    DNA extracted from a man’s 8,500-year-old skeleton, which was found in Washington State...

    06/18/2015 - 13:00 Anthropology, Ancestry, Genetics
  • Television

    How Homo sapiens became world’s dominant species

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    No superhero’s origin story is more epic than our own: Some 200,000 years ago, the first modern humans arose in Africa and went on to take over the world. This remarkable feat is chronicled in the series First Peoples, which begins airing on PBS June 24.

    The series consists of five hour-long episodes that focus on how Homo sapiens emerged in Africa and then...

    05/31/2015 - 16:30 Human Evolution, Ancestry, Archaeology
  • News in Brief

    Humans and Neandertals mated more recently than thought

    COLD SPRING HARBOR, N.Y. — A Neandertal was the great-great-great-great-grandparent of a man who lived between 42,000 and 37,000 years ago in Romania.

    DNA extracted from the bones of a human man known as Oase 1 contains 4.8 to 11.3 percent Neandertal DNA arranged in long stretches, Qiaomei Fu of Harvard University reported May 8 at the Biology of Genomes meeting. The large amount and...

    05/11/2015 - 17:14 Genetics, Ancestry
  • News in Brief

    Ancient Homo fossils found in Kenya

    ST. LOUIS — Researchers have discovered fossils of three ancient members of the human genus, Homo, in East Africa. These finds add to an emerging picture of early Homo as an upright, relatively big-brained African crowd that included different species and body types.

    In 2012 and 2013, a team led by Meave Leakey of Stony Brook University in New York unearthed all but one of the teeth from...

    04/03/2015 - 14:08 Anthropology, Ancestry, Archaeology
  • Exhibit

    The expressive face of human history on display

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    One bust depicts a gaunt-faced man with a beaked nose and angular chin. Nearby, another has rounded cheeks and a softer nose and chin. But the two faces were both created based on the skull of one man, St. Anthony of Padua.

    The gaunt face, a reconstruction made 20 years ago, is closer to how St. Anthony appears in religious artwork. The rounder face was created in...

    03/24/2015 - 11:00 Ancestry, Human Evolution, Science & Society