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Fossil found by fisherman may reveal new type of ancient human

<b>(CNN) —</b> A fossilized human jawbone discovered by a Taiwanese fisherman, sold to an antique shop, then recovered by researchers may reveal a new kind of prehistoric man.<p>The unlikely find could be nearly 200,000 years old and suggests a fourth type of ancient human who lived in Asia long before Homo …

Prehistory

How 40,000 Tons of Cosmic Dust Falling to Earth Affects You and Me

Book Talk<p>Our bodies are made of remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, authors say.<p>Astrophysics and medical pathology don't, at first sight, appear to have much in common. What do sunspots have to do with liver spots? How does the big bang connect with cystic …

This skull may provide a new link between Neanderthals and modern humans

It's history frozen in time: an expansive cave in Northern Israel where early humans lived for thousands of years, locked away and preserved after its entrance collapsed some 30,000 years ago. It's in this time capsule of human evolution that researchers say they've found a partial skull that …

Prehistoric skull a key 'piece of the puzzle' in story of humanity

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A partial skull retrieved from a cave in northern Israel is shedding light on a pivotal juncture in early human history when our species was trekking out of Africa to populate other parts of the world and encountered our close cousins the Neanderthals.<p>Researchers work inside …

Anthropology

Manot Cave skull suggests link between Neanderthals and modern humans

It was sealed off from humanity for 30,000 years before sewer workers accidentally shattered its vaulted ceiling, allowing Israeli searchers to rappel into its dark interior.<p>Sweeping the cave's damp walls and mineral spires with flashlights, the visitors discovered a trove of charcoal-smudged …