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Charles II

KIN’S KING  Charles II of Spain was the last Habsburg ruler of Spain. His distinctive jawline, infertility and mental disabilities may have been the product of the royal family’s extreme inbreeding.

Neandertal skull and human skull

LOST AND FOUND  Ancient DNA was lost when some humans (example human skull in background) migrated out of Africa, but the missing genetic heritage was “found” again when modern humans interbred with Neandertals (foreground).

illustration of mammoths

BRINGING ‘EM BACK ALIVE  Scientists think they have the tools to transform elephants into woolly mammoths (illustrated) and reverse extinction. A new book explores the promise and pitfalls of de-extinction.

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