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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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The new skull find also shows that humans continued to evolve after reaching Europe some 40,000 years ago.

January 16, 2007
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The 36,000-year-old skull provides evidence that modern humans left Africa 70,000 to 50,000 years ago to colonize Eurasia, a study says.

January 12, 2007
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The study shows that a small group of early humans returned to Africa after first migrating to the Middle East.

December 14, 2006
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People born with an insensitivity to pain could help researchers understand how pain works and one day develop new painkillers with fewer side effects.

December 13, 2006
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The fossil called Little Foot, which had tantalized scientists with its human- and apelike features, is a million years younger than had been thought, a new study says.

December 8, 2006
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Mel Gibson's movie puts a fictional face on the collapse of the Maya Empire. Now see what the civilization really looked like, according to National Geographic artists and ancient murals.

December 07, 2006
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The emergence of "female labor roles" played an important role in evolutionary history, a new study says, and might have helped modern humans edge out Neandertals.

December 7, 2006
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Curing blindness and treating diabetes "naturally" in mice are just two of the recent breakthroughs that suggest stem cells hold real potential for helping humans.

December 4, 2006
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Two new genetic analyses reveal an early split between Neandertals and modern humans, but show that the two species share 99.5 percent of the same genes.

November 15, 2006
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Tons of poisonous sludge dumped in a major Ivory Coast city have led to at least ten deaths and renewed calls for tighter controls over international waste shipments.

October 30, 2006
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New research is providing insights into how Neandertals and modern humans differ, helping scientists pinpoint what exactly makes humans unique.

October 26, 2006
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The Asia-to-Alaska land bridge disappeared a thousand years earlier than thought, a new study says—fueling speculation that the first Americans arrived by boat.

October 18, 2006
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The U.S. population will cross the 300 million mark this week, adding to what a new report calls a nation of "super-sized resource appetites" making enormous demands on the planet's resources.

October 16, 2006
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People in the developed world today are taller and more robust than their great-great-grandparents ever imagined, and not just because of better medicine, a researcher says.

October 2, 2006

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