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Did Neanderthals Give Europeans Their Fat?

| Ann Gibbons | Posted 04.03.2014 | Science

Neanderthals and modern Europeans had something in common: They were fatheads of the same ilk. A new genetic analysis reveals that our brawny cousins...

Human Or Neanderthal?

LiveScience | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

A few fragmentary bones thought to be the remains of Neanderthals actually belonged to medieval Italians, new research finds. The study is a reanaly...

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...

Tiny Bone Reveals Shocking Truth About Neanderthal Sex

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

The existence of a mysterious ancient human lineage and the genetic changes that separate modern humans from their closest extinct relatives are amon...

Old Bones Bring New Thinking About Neanderthal Life, Death

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

Are modern humans the only species that has ever dug graves? New research suggests the answer is no: Neanderthals also may have intentionally buried ...

Fossil Find Rewrites Timeline Of Human Evolution

LiveScience | Charles Q. Choi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science

The discovery of a 1.4-million-year-old hand-bone fossil reveals that the modern human ability to make and use complex tools may have originated far e...

Cave Dig Brings Another Big Surprise About Neanderthal Life

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science

New research suggests that Neanderthals kept a tidy home. During excavations at a cave in Italy where a group of our closest known extinct relatives...

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...

Prehistoric Tools Suggest Neanderthals Taught Modern Humans

LiveScience | Charles Choi | Posted 08.13.2013 | Science

Neanderthals apparently created the oldest known examples of a kind of bone tool used in Europe, thus raising the possibility that modern humans may ...

Neanderthals Weren't Lost In Translation After All, Linguists Say

The Huffington Post | Melissa Cronin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Science

When you picture Neanderthals, you might imagine subhuman brutes grunting -- but new research suggests these ancient hominids were more articulate tha...

World's Oldest Human Tumor Found In Bone Fragment

Live Science | Stephanie Pappas | Posted 06.10.2013 | Science

The oldest human tumor ever found — by more than 100,000 years — has been discovered in the rib of a Neanderthal.The bone, excavated more than 100...

Did Humans Really Eat Neanderthals?

Posted 06.04.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 06/04/2013 12:14 PM EDT on LiveScience No clear evidence suggests modern humans ate Neanderth...

How Long Did Neanderthals Nurse? Old Tooth Yields Answer

| Posted 05.23.2013 | Science

By Michael Balter Most child health experts agree that a minimum of 6 months of breastfeeding is essential for the welfare of growing babies, alt...

Neanderthal Bones Discovered In Coastal Cave

Posted 04.02.2013 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 04/01/2013 08:45 AM EDT on LiveScience A trove of Neanderthal fossils including bones of chi...

Fossilized Toe Yields Detailed Map Of Protohumans' DNA

AP | FRANK JORDANS | Posted 05.19.2013 | Science

BERLIN — Researchers in Germany said Tuesday they have completed the first high-quality sequencing of a Neanderthal genome and are making it fre...

Cara Santa Maria

COUNTDOWN: Top Science Stories This Week | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 03.09.2013 | Science

From one of the oldest-known preserved human dissections, to a "knot" tied with water, the week was filled with interesting science stories. I had ...

Are Bunnies To Blame For Neanderthals' Demise?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 03.07.2013 | Science

Why did Neanderthals become extinct? Scientists have offered a variety of theories, from climate change and cataclysmic volcanic eruptions to interbr...

Geneticist Clarifies 'Neanderthal Baby' Comments

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 01.25.2013 | Science

NEW YORK -- A prominent genetics expert from Harvard Medical School wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He is NOT looking for a woman to bear a N...

Who DIDN'T Have Sex With Neanderthals?

Posted 11.01.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 11/01/2012 09:40 AM EDT on LiveScience The only modern humans whose ancestors did not interbr...

Sex With Neanderthals Stopped After Major Migration, Scientists Say

Posted 10.05.2012 | Science

By: Charles Choi, LiveScience Contributor Published: 10/04/2012 05:07 PM EDT on LiveScience Neanderthals apparently last interbred with the ance...

Neanderthal 'Fashion Sense' Spotlighted By Fossil Study

Posted 09.19.2012 | Science

By: Megan Gannon, News Editor Published: 09/18/2012 04:28 PM EDT on LiveScience A new analysis of bird bones at Neanderthal sites suggests our ext...

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.

Neanderthals Getting a Colorful Upgrade

Kyle Jarrard | Posted 07.21.2012 | Science
Kyle Jarrard

At long last, these creatures who roamed the Continent for hundreds of thousands of years only to become extinct 30,000 years ago under the onslaught of modern humans from Africa are getting a major upgrade by the scientific community.

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.