New studies reveal deep history of Denisovans and Neanderthals in southern Siberia

Oxford University scientists have played a key role in new research identifying the earliest evidence of some of the first known humans – Denisovans and Neanderthals, in Southern Siberia. Continue reading “New studies reveal deep history of Denisovans and Neanderthals in southern Siberia”

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Pre-humans Buried Their Dead 300,000 Years Ago, Cave Finds Indicate

A fresh haul of bones from the mysterious primitive man Homo naledi, dating to over a quarter-million years ago, have been found in the bowels of a South African cave.

The discovery of multiple bodies in an extremely hard-to-reach chamber within the cave system has reignited an academic squabble over whether this ancient hominin was deliberately interring its dead. Continue reading “Pre-humans Buried Their Dead 300,000 Years Ago, Cave Finds Indicate”

Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor

By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE), the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Institute of Genomics at the University of Tartu have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. Continue reading “Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor”

The last Neanderthals may have died out much earlier than we thought

We used to think the Iberian Peninsula was the Neanderthals’ final stronghold. It appeared that our species somehow failed to find a way into the region until about 35,000 years ago, leaving the last remaining Neanderthal population untouched. But stone tools from a cave in southern Spain may now sink that idea once and for all. Continue reading “The last Neanderthals may have died out much earlier than we thought”

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