The Genographic Project News


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

January 24, 2007

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

January 16, 2007

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

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

December 14, 2006

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 26, 2006

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

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

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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