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Is There a Neanderthal in the House?

Bunions bothering you? How about lower back pain, or impacted wisdom teeth? As we humans evolved to walk on two legs, grow larger brains and shorter jaws, bear big babies and live longer, we’ve also experienced some negative consequences on our way to becoming the world's most...
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Why We Survived and They Didn't

Neanderthals, who went extinct about 30,000 years ago, were smart, tough and remarkably resilient. They created some of our earliest art in Spanish caves more than 40,000 years old.

They didn't die off, we "mated" them out of existence. In the January 26-...
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Monkeys Interbreed--Did We?

Did we monkey around with our genes as different species of early humans interbred and produced offspring of mixed ancestry? In other words, are modern humans part Neanderthal, and is...
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Great Artists From the Past Were Not Yet Human

The wonderful prehistoric cave paintings found in Europe were not made by humans--not by modern humans, anyway. A new way of determining the age of some of those paintings reveals that they were made by...
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Early Man Loved Art

Cave paintings discovered in Spain in the 1870s have been dated using a new process and found to be 15,000 years older than thought. This makes them 41,000 years old, so old that they may have been made not by modern humans, but by Neanderthals. What makes them so important is that they date from the time when modern humans first came to Europe...
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Early Man Lived Among Giants

Don't believe "creationists" when they tell you that early man cavorted with dinosaurs--the big lizards died off millions of years before we came along. But a new study that determined...
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Who Were the Neanderthals?

Did they interbreed with Cro-Magnons in order to create modern humans? This is a hotly debated topic in science right now, and popular...
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Who Were the Neanderthals? Do They Live On in Us?

Did they interbreed with Cro-Magnons in order to create modern humans? This is a hotly debated topic in science right now, and popular...
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A Peek Inside the Neanderthal Mind

Since many of us may carry Neanderthal genes, it may be comforting to know what it was like to be one of these ice-age Europeans who flourished between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago, and then mysteriously disappeared.

The biggest difference between Cro-...
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You May be Part Neanderthal

Neanderthals, who lived in Europe between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago and then disappeared (or interbred with modern man) were not the dumb brutes that we think of when we use the term as an unflattering description of someone. Actually, it should be a compliment: They were sensitive creatures who buried their dead in elaborate (for that time)...
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Were Neanderthals Frozen Out?

It may have been the WEATHER that did them in. Researcher Julien Riel-Salvatore says, "It's been long believed that Neanderthals were outcompeted by fitter modern humans and they could not adapt. We are changing the main narrative. Neanderthals were just as adaptable and in many ways, simply victims of their own success."

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We've Discovered a New Ancestor

An analysis of 2 million-year-old bones that were found in South Africa in 2008 identifies the transitional figure that came before modern humans--the best candidate for the original ancestor of the human line. This is something archeologists have been researching for years....
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Neanderthals R (Some of) Us

The jury of scientists has finally come to a conclusion: YES, we are part Neanderthal (meaning our ancestors interbred with them many thousands of years ago) BUT not ALL of us are--only...
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Are We Hybrids?

Are we hybrids? If early humans interbred with Neanderthals, we are (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). Some scientists say...
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Prehistoric USA

Road workers have discovered an ancient burial mound full of prehistoric treasures--in Indiana! When a bulldozer operator made off with some of it, he ended up in jail. When this ...
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Your Genes are PREHISTORIC

Our minds may be modern but our genes are prehistoric, which is the reason we have so much trouble losing weight! In addition to fast food, desk jobs, and inertia, there is one more thing to blame for unwanted pounds-our genome, which has apparently not caught up with...
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We're all Hybrids

Scientists think that early humans interbred with Neanderthals, meaning we all have some of those genes. And now they think we interbred with OTHER species of early primates as well, on our way out of Africa, where we originated. This may help explain why human brains are so complex.

Anthropologists have long assumed that modern...
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We May be Part Neanderthal

Sometimes scientists think they did interbreed with us and sometimes they think they didn't, but the latest research indicates that today's human beings could be part Neanderthal.

Neanderthals were common between about 130,000 and 30,000 years ago. While they co-existed with modern humans for a while, eventually they went extinct, while...

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Is Global Warming What Killed Off the Neanderthals?

Those mysterious early humans we call Neanderthals once lived in an area that stretched from Asia to Western Europe. Then suddenly, around 30,000 years ago, they vanished, and no scientist has been able to figure out exactly why. Now some researchers think it was climate change that did them in.

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Neanderthals Were Cannibals

We've long speculated about whether or not Neanderthals interbred with early modern man. Some scientists say that we're the ones who branched off from the family tree?that Neanderthals were the "normal" humans. If the Neanderthals hadn't died out, we all might be cannibals today.

When Neanderthals suffered periods of starvation, they may...

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The Ultimate Blonde Joke

We've already written about how redheads may be related to Neanderthals. No it turns out that European women evolved blonde hair and blue eyes at the end of the Ice Age in order to attract men. In those days, the most common hair color was brunette.

Arifa Akbar writes in the Independent that blonde hair evolved at a time when both food...

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What Early Man Ate

Newswise - While theories about what our human ancestors ate abound,and are touted in modern low carb diet books, which promotethe idea that ancient man ate meat and not carbohydrates,until now there have been few methods for proving any ofthese theories. But now University of Arkansas professorPeter S. Ungar has found that by...

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Are You a Redhead?

If you have red hair, your ancestors may have beenNeanderthals. British scientists think that the gene for redhair, and the freckles that come with it, is around 100,000years old, and originated with Neanderthals. Whether or notthey interbred with Homo Sapiens, who came along later, hasalways been controversial, but since the redhead gene...

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Neanderthals Aren't Us

There's a long-running controversy among scientists about whether or not early humans interbred with Neanderthals,and if they didn't, why not? Now DNA has answered the first question by revealing that modern humans show evidence of Cro-Magnon ancestry, but there's no evidence we had Neanderthal ancestors.

Neanderthals and our early human...

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Neanderthals R Us

A new analysis of DNA evidence offers proof that modern humans interbred with other populations around the world for hundreds of thousands of years rather than replacing them. This means that the genes of people today carry vestiges of the genes of Neanderthals and other extinct branches of the human family.

According to the original Out...

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