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Mota Cave

HOME SWEET GENOME  A 4,500-year-old man’s skeleton found in Ethiopia’s Mota Cave has yielded the first ancient human genome from Africa. Rocks placed over the man’s burial were cleared away before excavating the skeleton.

walking chimp

DO THE TWIST  Chimps walk on two legs with surprising flexibility, rotating their upper bodies much as people do when walking, a new study finds. Researchers say this discovery supports the view that hominids walked in a humanlike way more than 3 million years ago.

Bronze age skeleton

MUMMY BONES  A Bronze Age skeleton excavated in southeastern England displays so little bacterial damage from decomposition that it must come from a body that was mummified shortly after death, a new study concludes. In this case, bone damage suggests the body was dried out in a smoke room.

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