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A new GWA study in Biological Psychiatry looks at the evolutionary history of Schizophrenia and helps us understand that Neanderthals, in particular, can't be faulted at the inheritance of this mental illness. This is an interesting application of paleogenomics and modern day medicine. Hop on over to Anthropology.net to see the details of the study and a link to the original source.
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More evidence has come out of northern Belgium, from a cave site aged to be approx. 40,000 BCE to support that Neanderthals were in fact cannibals. Click the link to read more about this fascinating find and also to the primary source published in Nature.
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Why do you think there are no Neanderthal genes in the Y chromosome where there is on average 4% of Neanderthal DNA in the rest of the modern human genome?
Modern humans carry up to 4% Neanderthal DNA but a new paper reveals that the Neanderthal Y chromosome is distinct from any found in humans today. One would expect that since this ancient legacy of…
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A new paper in Nature compares 93 different cultures, and summarizes that ritual human sacrifice paved the way for cultural complexity. What do you think?
Anthropologists from New Zealand have collected evidence that suggests that ritualized human sacrifice was a formative rite that paved way for the large scale, stratified societies we live in today…
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Last month, a group of Kenyan and Japanese researchers published the findings of the first Australopithecus afarensis found east of the Great Rift Valley. 
Late last month, an international team of paleontologists led by Emma Mbua of Mount Kenya University and Masato Nakatsukasa of Kyoto University reported the findings of fossilized teeth and forearm…
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Analysis of the Altai Neanderthal from Siberia reveals that modern humans have introgressed with Neanderthals 100,000 earlier than thought and not with other Neanderthals of western Europe. 
Previously it had been thought that the modern humans and Neanderthals first admixed about 60,000 years ago, but traces of human DNA found in a Neanderthal genome suggest that modern humans started...
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In two papers published in the South African Journal of Science, researchers say they've found the oldest definitive evidence of malignancy in a hominid. Prior to this discovery, the oldest known hominin tumor was found in the rib of a Neanderthal dating back to around 120,000 years ago.
In two papers published in the South African Journal of Science, researchers say they’ve found the oldest definitive evidence of malignancy in a hominid. Prior to this discovery, the oldest k…
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Curious and complicated stalagmite circles from a cave site in Southwestern France date to 176,000 years ago, a time when only Neanderthals were in Europe. This find indicates they were creating intricate and symbolic structures that required community and cooperation hundreds of thousands of years ago.
A pile of hundreds of broken stalagmite pieces found deep inside Bruniquel cave, France were made by humans from about 176,000 years ago. The ancient structures are actually made of more than 400 p…
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A new study revises the date of the Hobbit of Flores, Indonesia... Ultimately clarifying that these tiny humans likely did not live on the island concurrently with modern humans, and if they did they lived only for a short while -- likely being forced into extinction.  
Discovered in 2003 in Liang Bua cave, Homo floresiensis stood about three and a half feet tall and weighed around 75 lbs. Because of their stature, they were nicknamed for the diminutive heroes in …
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Published in Nature, last week, a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology are findings that hte Sima de los Huesos individuals diverged from Denisovans and Neanderthals before 430,000 years ago.
Published in Nature, last week, a team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology carried out extremely sensitive tests on the DNA from two specimens found at the Sim…
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Neanderthals were using manganese to start fires 50,000 years ago, a very unique behavior unknown to us until now. This indicates they had very strong knowledge of their natural surroundings. 
Scientists from Leiden University and Delft University of Technology conducted compositional sediment analyses of a 50,000 year old Neanderthal site, Pech-de-l’Azé I in Dordogne in southwest …
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In using the obsidian artifacts, a group of archaeologists, have come to the conclusion that the people of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, didn't vanish because of war, but rather a more logical reason is post colonial disease. 
For centuries, there has been this belief that Rapa Nui suffered a catastrophic population crash, possibly due to war. But there is no scientific evidence to support this idea, say a group of resea...
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