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Supervolcano cleared in Neanderthals' demise

VANCOUVER, British Columbia Neanderthals disappeared from Europe 40,000 years ago, about the same time as the region's biggest volcanic blast in the last 200,000 years. But don't blame the volcano, a new study suggests.<p>Most of the eruption's climate-cooling pollution spread east, away from …

Oldest Human Genome Reveals When Our Ancestors Mixed With Neanderthals

sciencehabit writes <i>DNA recovered from a femur bone in Siberia belongs to a man who lived 45,000 years ago, according to a new study. His DNA was so</i> …

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Fossil DNA confirms interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals

Fossil DNA confirms interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals: 36,000-year-old skeleton reveals how the genes of the earliest inhabitants of …

Europe Was a Melting Pot From the Start, Ancient DNA Reveals

Genetic analysis of a 37,000-year-old human bone from Russia suggests widespread intermingling during Paleolithic times.<p>Modern Europeans have genetic ties that bind them together much further back in time than once thought, scientists report after analyzing a prehistoric Russian man's DNA.<p>Scraps of …

“Indiana Jones would be considered a looter”: Why we’re obsessed with glamorizing archaeologists

The lives of real archaeologists are even stranger than fiction, and a whole lot harder<p>Several years ago, while researching a story on biblical archaeology, I had the chance to talk to a leader in the field by telephone. At one point, he kindly provided me with a lengthy explanation of pottery …