Megalith tombs were family graves in European Stone Age

In a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international research team, led from Uppsala University, discovered kin relationships among Stone Age individuals buried in megalithic tombs on Ireland and in Sweden. Continue reading “Megalith tombs were family graves in European Stone Age”

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Europeans: there has been no long-term genome-wide removal of Neandertal DNA

A team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Martin Petr, Svante Pääbo, Janet Kelso, and Benjamin Vernot) has found evidence that suggests there has been no long-term removal of Neanderthal DNA from modern Europeans. Here we present a small part of their paper titled “Limits of long-term selection against Neandertal introgression“. Continue reading “Europeans: there has been no long-term genome-wide removal of Neandertal DNA”

Amber Trade in Prehistoric Europe – From the Baltic to the Mediterranean

The archaeological artefacts that we study form only a minor fraction of the objects that were in circulation in prehistoric times. In the case of amber, however, there is an exceptional degree of underestimation. Amber is soft, fragile, inflammable and weathers easily. All this taken together makes the single amber artifacts that we find, in fact, representative of much larger quantities that were in use by a community under investigation. Continue reading “Amber Trade in Prehistoric Europe – From the Baltic to the Mediterranean”

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