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Artifacts that may be the earliest evidence of modern humanity in India suggest that humans there survived a giant volcanic eruption 74,000 years ago.

July 5, 2007
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Two genes that are still evolving in humans might have subtle effects on people's abilities to learn different types of languages, according to new research.

May 29, 2007

A chieftain buried in a 1,400-year-old Chinese tomb was found to be of European descent, marking the easternmost spot where his ancient lineage has ever been found.

May 24, 2007
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A comet exploded over North America about 13,000 years ago, causing massive mammal die-offs and the demise of one of the earliest American cultures, according to a controversial new theory.

May 23, 2007
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The skull of a 30-million-year-old human ancestor held a brain tinier and more primitive than previously believed, though the species probably still had excellent vision.

May 14, 2007
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Australian Aborigines, Asians, and Europeans all emerged from a wave of migration out of Africa around 50,000 years ago, according to new DNA evidence.

May 7, 2007
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Computer reconstructions of a 1.9-million-year-old skull suggest that early modern humans looked more like apes than thought—but other experts are cautious about the new findings.

April 5, 2007
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Forty-thousand-year-old remains from a cave near Beijing add to evidence that early Homo sapiens occasionally mated with older human species such as Neandertals.

April 3, 2007
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Porcine clues paint a more complex picture of the route humans took from Asia into the Pacific than previously thought, researchers report.

March 20, 2007
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While conventional theory says they needed stocky physiques to stay steady in trees, australopiths might have needed short legs more to battle for females.

March 19, 2007
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The distinctive culture that arrived via a land bridge between Asia and Alaska were not the first people in the New World, new radiocarbon analysis suggests.

February 23, 2007
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About 50 objects found at a Minnesota construction site could be at least 13,000 years old, archaeologists said, potentially pushing back human presence in the region by millennia.

February 15, 2007
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A cache of 4,300-year-old stone nutcrackers found in Africa pushes back chimpanzee tool use thousands of years, a new study suggests.

February 13, 2007
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DNA extracted from an ancient human skeleton found in Alaska suggests that the New World was first settled by prehistoric seafarers 15,000 years ago.

February 2, 2007
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An unusual chromosome previously known only in West Africans has been discovered in white people from northern England, researchers report.

January 24, 2007

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