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In true "Jurassic Park" style, scientists at Harvard University have successfully managed to insert genes from the woolly mammoth into the genome of an elephant. While this may represent significant progress in the field, lead researcher George Church has reportedly played down claims that the work brings us closer to recreating these iconic animals.
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"This is a reconstruction of the skull of one of the first known members of the human genus, Homo habilis, which means "handy man," from about 1.8 million years ago...a computer reconstruction has realigned the distorted fragments and filled in the missing parts, making it possible to compare the skull with other fossils from what was a critical time for early human evolution. Three different Homo species existed between 2.1 and 1.6 million years ago: Homo erectus and Homo rudolfensis, as well as H. habilis. The skull reconstruction caused a stir this week because it implied that these three hominids might have had older evolutionary roots than we thought."
A fossil skull fragment from 1. 8 million years ago has been rebuilt in a computer and is shedding light on the evolution of our early ancestors
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A general overview on what aDNA has revealed in modern humans:
http://www.maneyonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/2054892315Y.0000000002
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People living in East Asia have inherited about 20 percent more Neanderthal DNA than Europeans. Some say that’s because the Neanderthal lineage was diluted in Europeans because they bred more with Africans, who lack Neanderthal ancestry for the most part. Well, not so, according to two studies published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. The differences were due to multiple occasions where Neanderthals and early East Asians mixed. 
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Archaeology, Genetics, & the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
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A new study suggests that dogs may have first successfully migrated to the Americas only about 10,000 years ago, thousands of years after the first human migrants crossed a land bridge from Siberia to North America.
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If you missed this last night, Richard the Third's reburial
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/richard-iii-the-reburial
Channel 4's exclusive coverage of the week of special services and events culminating in the reburial of Richard III - the first ceremonial burial of a British monarch since 1952
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Hmmm ... "Russian deputies dispute #ancestry of historical figure Volodymyr the Great. Kremlin says ancient grand prince direct ancestor of Russia as Ukraine did not exist during his time."
Kremlin says ancient grand prince direct ancestor of Russia as Ukraine did not exist during his time
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The BBC offers up their version, also includes link to the Nature paper:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-31695214
DNA analysis has revealed evidence for a massive migration into the heartland of Europe 4,500 years ago.
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Pristinely preserved bodies at the Badia Pozzeveri cemetery in Tuscany, Italy, could hold the DNA of the cholera bacteria that killed them during an 1850s epidemic. Understanding the disease's evolution could lead to a cure.
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Improved endogenous DNA content with a pre-digestion step.... 

Something to talk about at the lab meeting today. Yay! 
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A pernicious family of TB strains emerged in Asia more than 6,000 years ago.
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Happy New Year from the National Geographic:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2015/01/first-americans/hodges-text
New finds, theories, and genetic discoveries are revolutionizing our understanding of the first Americans.
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