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Chinese human fossils unlike any known species

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism, Life

And so it begins. For years, evolutionary biologists have predicted that new human species would start popping up in Asia as we begin to look closely at fossilised bones found there. A new analysis of bones from south-west China suggests there’s truth to the forecast. Image: Darren Curnoe

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Stone Age toe could redraw human family tree

Posted on 10 Aug 2011 in Human Origins, Journalism, Life

On the western fringes of Siberia, the Stone Age Denisova cave has surrendered precious treasure: a toe bone that could shed light on early humans’ promiscuous relations with their hominin cousins. The bone is now in the care of the researcher who revealed the first genetic evidence of interbreeding between ancient humans and other hominins. Image: Maria Mednikova

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Industrial revolution sealed Neanderthals’ fate

Posted on 28 Jul 2011 in Human Origins, Journalism, Life

Forget peaceful interbreeding: a new analysis of archaeological sites in south-west France has resurrected the idea that it was good old-fashioned competition that led to the demise of the European Neanderthals in the face of modern humans, and not the interbreeding which we now know occurred. Image: erix!

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