Modern Males Lack Neanderthal Y Chromosome Genes

Modern humans carry up to 4% Neanderthal DNA but a new paper reveals that the Neanderthal Y chromosome is distinct from any found in humans today. One would expect that since this ancient legacy of genomic DNA is present in modern day people it would also be present in the Y chromosome. Carlos Bustamante, from... Continue Reading →

A Revision On The Age Of The Hobbit

Discovered in 2003 in Liang Bua cave, Homo floresiensis stood about three and a half feet tall and weighed around 75 lbs. Because of their stature, they were nicknamed for the diminutive heroes in J.R.R. Tolkien's famous novels. The discovery team originally estimated that these 'halflings' lived as recently as 12,000 years ago, which would... Continue Reading →

Australopithecus East of the Great Rift Valley

Late last month, an international team of paleontologists led by Emma Mbua of Mount Kenya University and Masato Nakatsukasa of Kyoto University reported the findings of fossilized teeth and forearm bone from an adult male and two infant A. afarensis from an exposure eroded by the Kantis River in Ongata-Rongai, a settlement in the outskirts... Continue Reading →

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