The Genographic Project News

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Apes laugh too, say researchers who tickled gorillas, chimps, orangutans, bonobos, and human babies—suggesting laughter began in a prehistoric ape-human ancestor. Video.

June 04, 2009
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A "missing link" found in Germany may be a key to human evolution—a nearly intact skeleton of a 47-million-year-old lemur-like creature. Video.

May 20, 2009
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Archaeologists in Peru have discovered an Inca mummy and artifacts, including gold jewelry, near the ancient mountain citadel of Machu Picchu.

December 01, 2008
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Newfound rock art paintings in northern Australia may reveal that peoples from neighboring Indonesia traded with Aborigines centuries before the arrival of the British.

November 07, 2008
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These ancient maritime traders who introduced the alphabet to the world may have also left behind a large genetic footprint, with 1 in 17 men in the region still harboring Phoenician DNA, according to a new study.

October 30, 2008
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The oldest intact human mummy, Otzi, comes from a genetic line that has either died off or become extremely rare, according to a new DNA study.

October 30, 2008
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Gene therapies developed to treat muscle-wasting diseases, such as muscular dystrophy, could be used in sports as performance enhancers, experts warn.

August 14, 2008
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Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans likely did not interbreed, says a new DNA study that also suggests small population numbers helped do in our closest relatives.

August 12, 2008
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DNA analysis of ancient Danish skeletons, including one with Arabian genes, suggests Scandinavians living 2,000 years ago were more diverse genetically than today, scientists say.

June 24, 2008
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The ancient split between primates and humans may have roots in an early ancestor's simple, energy-saving shuffle.

June 11, 2008
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Apparent human footprints in 40,000-year-old volcanic ash may provide a clue to when the first Americans arrived, a controversial new report says.

June 6, 2008
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People living in the earliest known settlement in the Americas relied partly on seaweed, bolstering the theory that the New World was settled via a coastal route, a new study says.

May 8, 2008

Remains exhumed last year belong to two children of Tsar Nicholas II, may put to rest questions about what happened to Russia's last royal family, an official said.

April 30, 2008
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Scientists have found genetic evidence that Crusaders contributed DNA to the Christian population of Lebanon, while the expansion of Islam left traces in the country's Muslim groups.

March 28, 2008
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A dying language in Siberia shares its mother tongue with dozens of Native American languages, according to a new linguistic analysis.

March 26, 2008

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