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Jun 26, 2014 — Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.
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Jan 29, 2014 — Scientists know that a small percentage of humans' genes came from Neanderthals. But they were surprised to find that one-fifth of Neanderthal genes are in modern humans living today. That includes genes associated with diseases including Type 2 diabetes, Crohn's disease and lupus.
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Dec 18, 2013 — The DNA from a 50,000-year-old Neanderthal bone found in a cave in Siberia is more evidence that genetic mixing took place among Neanderthals and other hominid groups. One researcher hopes to use such evidence to help compile a catalog of the genetic changes that make modern humans unique.
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Sep 16, 2012 — Scientists and officials from Gibraltar are backing an idea to construct a Neanderthal-themed park.
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Sep 13, 2012 — It sounds like a straightforward question: When did we become human? But as commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests, the answers are multiple and entangled. An African archaeological site dated to 100,000 years ago holds some clues.
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Mar 22, 2012 — Our evolutionary cousins the Neanderthals weren't primitive "cave-people." They buried their dead and wore jewelry. For long periods, they co-existed with Homo sapiens. What must it have been like, when two kinds of humans walked the Earth at the same time?
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Feb 3, 2011 — Understandings of human origins have undergone many seismic shifts since the accounts in Genesis and other sacred texts, but several findings this year might well be described as > 7 on the Richter scale.
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