Archive for September 22nd, 2017:

Ancient DNA sheds light on African history

Image copyright Jessica Thompson Image caption Burials at Mount Hora in Malawi yielded DNA used in the study DNA from ancient remains has been used to reconstruct thousands of years of population history in Africa. Researchers sequenced the genomes of 16 individuals who lived between 8,000 and 1,000 years ago. The data shows how the

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Plant-eating dinosaurs ‘strayed from veggie diet’

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Duck-billed dinosaurs may have been tempted away from a vegetarian diet The idea of plant-eating dinosaurs having a strict vegetarian diet has been called into question. New evidence suggests that some dinosaurs snacked on shellfish and insects as well as plant food. A study of fossilised droppings indicates

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Neanderthal brains ‘grew more slowly’

Image copyright Joan Costa Image caption The skeleton of a boy that shattered our view of Neanderthal brain development A new study shows that Neanderthal brains developed more slowly than ours. An analysis of a Neanderthal child’s skeleton suggests that its brain was still developing at a time when the brains of modern human children

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