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Neanderthals may have medicated with penicillin and painkillers

Posted on 8 Mar 2017 in Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

What a difference 1000 kilometres make. Neanderthals living in prehistoric Belgium enjoyed their meat – but the Neanderthals who lived in what is now northern Spain seem to have survived on an almost exclusively vegetarian diet. Image: Paleoanthropology Group MNCN-CSIC

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Secrets of how primates can live at extreme altitude revealed

Posted on 23 Aug 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Conservation, Evolution, Journalism

It can be lonely at the top. Snub-nosed monkeys live at a higher altitude than any other non-human primate – but they are also among the rarest of all primates. Image: jackhynes

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Meet our hybrid ancestors who kept extinct humans’ DNA alive

Posted on 20 Apr 2016 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Genes from our extinct cousins helped us conquer the planet. Without them, our ancestors may not have coped with unfamiliar diseases, thrived in the thin air of the high Tibetan plateau, or withstood the chilly winds of the Arctic. Image: Riebart

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Artificial DNA folds into parcels that can survive inside us

Posted on 17 Mar 2016 in Health, Journalism, Technology

Strands of artificial genetic material have been folded into 3D shapes of our own choosing for the first time. These parcels could be used to carry medicinal cargoes inside the body. Image: A.Taylor, F. Beuron, S-Y. Peak-Chew, E.P. Morris, P. Herdewijn, P. Holliger.

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Oldest ever human genome sequence may rewrite human history

Posted on 14 Mar 2016 in Human Origins, Journalism

The oldest ever human nuclear DNA to be reconstructed and sequenced reveals Neanderthals in the making – and the need for a possible rewrite of our own origins. Image: Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films

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