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Our first sex with Neanderthals happened 100,000 years ago

Posted on 18 Feb 2016 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

IT WAS a two-way street. Many people carry ancient Neanderthal DNA in their genome as a result of cross-species liaisons around 50,000 years ago. Now it seems that some Neanderthals carried our DNA, too. Image: Bence Viola

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Our Neanderthal genes linked to risk of depression and addiction

Posted on 11 Feb 2016 in Health, Human Origins, Journalism

Ever since we learned, in 2010, that humans and Neanderthals once interbred one question stood out: what, if any, consequences have those Stone Age liaisons had on us? A new study now provides the clearest evidence yet that they did affect us, changing our risk to a range of health-related issues. Image: erix!

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We don’t know which species should be classed as ‘human’

Posted on 11 Jan 2016 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

What literally makes us human? Surprisingly, there is no official answer. Some say our human genus should exclude even Neanderthals – others say that it should include chimpanzees and even gorillas. Image: Jack at Wikipedia

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The three ancestral tribes that founded Western civilisation

Posted on 1 Jul 2015 in Evolution, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Not too long ago, the founding of Europe seemed beguilingly simple. Our species arrived 45,000 years ago from the Middle East, outcompeted the Neanderthals, and that was that. But ancient DNA studies have led to a revolution in European prehistory studies. Image: Effervescing Elephant

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Neanderthals may have been our intellectual equals

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 in Archaeology, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Enough of the cheap jibes: Neanderthals may have been just as clever as modern humans. A review of the archaeological record finds no evidence that our cousins were any less innovative than we are. Image: erix!

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