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Denisovan fossil teeth

OLD CHILD  A 10- to 12-year-old female’s worn-down tooth found in a Siberian cave dates to at least 100,000 years ago, researchers report. That makes this fossil, shown from various angles, the oldest known from a Neandertal-related population called Denisovans.

human skull and Neandertal skull

TO BE OR NOT TO BE TAME  In the last 200,000 years, humans may have weeded out members of the species that displayed more aggressive traits. Researchers point to differences between human (left) and Neandertal skulls that indicate tameness. 

sleeping baby

DOUBLE-EDGED DNA  Genes associated with reproduction are also implicated in heart disease, new research shows.   

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