Genetic data on half a million Brits reveal ongoing evolution and Neanderthal legacy

Neanderthals are still among us, Janet Kelso realized 8 years ago. She had helped make the momentous discovery that Neanderthals repeatedly mated with the ancestors of modern humans—a finding that implies people outside of Africa still carry Neanderthal DNA today. Ever since then, Kelso has wondered exactly what modern humans got from those prehistoric liaisons—beyond babies. How do traces of the Neanderthal within shape the appearance, health, or personalities of living people? Continue reading “Genetic data on half a million Brits reveal ongoing evolution and Neanderthal legacy”

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Ancient DNA analysis unlocks secrets of Ice Age tribes in the Americas Research

Scientists have sequenced 15 ancient genomes spanning from Alaska to Patagonia and were able to track the movements of the first humans as they spread across the Americas at “astonishing” speed during the last Ice Age, and also how they interacted with each other in the following millennia. Continue reading “Ancient DNA analysis unlocks secrets of Ice Age tribes in the Americas Research”

Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the northern fringe of the Neolithic farming expansion in Europe sheds light on the dispersion process

Here we present the ‘Abstract‘ of the corresponding paper by Malmström H, Linderholm A, Skoglund P, Storå J, Sjödin P, Gilbert MT, Holmlund G, Willerslev E, Jakobsson M, Lidén K, Götherström A. Continue reading “Ancient mitochondrial DNA from the northern fringe of the Neolithic farming expansion in Europe sheds light on the dispersion process”

Emerging genetic patterns of the European Neolithic: perspectives from a late Neolithic Bell Beaker burial site in Germany

Here we present the ‘Abstract‘ of the corresponding paper by Lee EJ, Makarewicz C, Renneberg R, Harder M, Krause-Kyora B, Müller S, Ostritz S, Fehren-Schmitz L, Schreiber S, Müller J, von Wurmb-Schwark N, Nebel A. Continue reading “Emerging genetic patterns of the European Neolithic: perspectives from a late Neolithic Bell Beaker burial site in Germany”

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