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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

Join scientists at the site where they unearthed "Lucy's baby," and learn how they discovered the oldest and most complete human ancestor child ever found.

September 20, 2006

A 3.3-million-year-old fossil toddler—the world's oldest known child—has been discovered almost completely intact in Ethiopia. Experts say the find will provide fascinating new clues about our early ancestors.

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September 20, 2006

Beginning about 700,000 years ago, ancient humans were driven off the British Isles seven times by the approach of cold weather, according to new archaeological evidence.

September 18, 2006

The latest analysis of fossils from the Indonesian island of Flores suggests that the tiny people are related to a pygmy population living on the island today.

August 21, 2006

Stacked like well-trod carpets, layers of mud from an ancient wetland have preserved the world's largest collection of ancient human fossil footprints.

August 3, 2006

Invading Anglo-Saxons some 1,600 years ago used segregation and social hierarchy to nearly wipe out the culture and gene pool of native Britons, a new report says.

July 21, 2006

A study of ancient climate change in the eastern Sahara provides further evidence that the drying desert gave rise to the Egyptian pharaohs.

July 20, 2006

Early humans may have spread out of Africa after rapid climate change triggered advances in human thinking and behavior, new research suggests.

June 12, 2006

Teeth and jaw fossils discovered in Ethiopia provide a link between two species of early human ancestors, filling a crucial gap in human evolution, scientists have announced.

April 13, 2006

Genome researchers have identified more than 700 regions in human DNA where apparently strong selection has occurred, driving the spread of genes linked to traits from bone structure to skin color.

March 8, 2006

The deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu has evolved into several distinct sublineages—potentially complicating efforts to develop effective vaccines.

February 7, 2006

It may be a threat to humans' long-term future on the planet, but climate change may have helped bring us into being in the first place, some scientists say.

February 2, 2006

Fossil remains of animal prey in the republic of Georgia suggest Neandertals were more intelligent and resourceful than scientists previously thought.

January 25, 2006

As many as three million men living today may be descended from a fifth-century Irish warlord known as Niall of the Nine Hostages, geneticists say.

January 20, 2006


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