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”

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Archaeologists discovered a 60,000 years old Neanderthals’ flintstone workshop in Poland

Researchers discovered a flint workshop of Neanderthals in Pietraszyno (Silesia). According to scientists, it is the first such large workshop in Central Europe that was not located in a cave. So far, researchers have counted 17,000 stone products created 60 thousand years ago. Continue reading “Archaeologists discovered a 60,000 years old Neanderthals’ flintstone workshop in Poland”

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”

Neanderthals walked upright just like the humans of today

Neanderthals are often depicted as having straight spines and poor posture. However, these prehistoric humans were more similar to us than many assume. University of Zurich researchers have shown that Neanderthals walked upright just like modern humans — thanks to a virtual reconstruction of the pelvis and spine of a very well-preserved Neanderthal skeleton found in France. Continue reading “Neanderthals walked upright just like the humans of today”

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