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Ancient Gene May Help Tibetans Live The High Life

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 07.03.2014 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — Tibetans living on the "roof of the world" can thank an extinct human relative for providing a gene that helps them adapt to the hig...

What We Learned About Human Origins In 2013

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi, | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The existence of a mysterious ancient human lineage and the possibility that the earliest humans were actually all one species were among the human-e...

Bone Shard Found In Cave Yields Record-Setting DNA

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 12.07.2013 | Science

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists have reached farther back than ever into the ancestry of humans to recover and analyze DNA, using a bone found in Spain t...

Mystery Species Amped Up Ancient Sex, DNA Analysis Shows

natureheader | Ewen Callaway | Posted 11.20.2013 | Science

The ancient genomes, one from a Neanderthal and one from a different archaic human group, the Denisovans, were presented on 18 November at a meeting a...

DNA From Bone Chip, Teeth Yields Detailed Image Of Extinct Humans

Posted 08.31.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 08/30/2012 02:05 PM EDT on LiveScience The genome of a recently discovered branch of extinct...

A Second Chance to Be a Genetic Pioneer

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 10.02.2012 | Science
Megan Smolenyak

Genetic genealogy -- DNA testing done for the purpose of learning about one's roots -- has been around for about a decade, but a recent development suggests that we've reached the pioneering sweet spot.

Research Suggests Humans Had Sex With Extinct Related Species

Posted 01.02.2012 | Green

New research suggests that early humans mated with both Neanderthals as well as Denisovans, a recently-discovered early human species. Genomes fro...

Sex With Neanderthals: The Ultimate Immunity Boost

Priya Malhotra | Posted 11.12.2011 | Chicago
Priya Malhotra

One key contributor to a good immune system is good genes. Lately, researchers have been asking, Where did these "good genes" come from? The answer: sex with Neanderthals.

The House with Many Doors (or, at the Caucasus, Hang a Right!)

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

For a long time, the Tocharian civilization was lost from sight as wars and the shifting sands of the Taklamakan desert destroyed them and most of their artifacts. But they left behind items that are hard to ignore.