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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

Most modern Indians descended from South Asians, not invading Central Asian steppe dwellers, a new genetic study reports.

January 10, 2006

A study of ancient cemeteries in North America suggests that a prehistoric baby boom swept the continent about 2,500 years ago, just as farming was taking root.

January 9, 2006

Europeans inherit their looks from Stone Age hunters, according to a new study, which compared facial features of modern Europeans with those of ancient skeletons.

December 20, 2005

Early humans colonized northern Europe 200,000 years earlier than previously thought, as shown by ancient stone tools discovered along the British coast.

December 16, 2005

At least two distinct groups of early humans colonized the Americas, a new study says, reviving the debate about who the first Americans were and when they arrived.

December 12, 2005

Footprintlike marks found in Mexico have recently been dated at over a million years old, renewing debate about when humans first arrived in the Americas.

December 1, 2005

New research suggests that before reaching Europe modern humans arrived in India, where they created some of the earliest human culture and drove an older hominid species to extinction.

November 14, 2005

Wildlife is becoming "globalized," biologists warn, as the spread of animals and plants makes species more homogenous at the expense of regionally unique varieties.

November 11, 2005

Europeans owe their ancestry mainly to Stone Age hunters, not to later incomers who brought farming to Europe from the Middle East, new research suggests.

November 10, 2005

As populations' distance from Africa increases, genetic diversity decreases, according to a global DNA study. Researchers say the finding suggests early humans settled the planet in small steps.

October 18, 2005

Researchers have discovered fossilized remains of two previously unknown, monkeylike species that lived 37 million years ago.

October 17, 2005

The reported discovery of remains of nine more "hobbits" boosts the case that they represent a separate human species.

October 12, 2005

Among primates, modern humans take a long time to reach adulthood, and so did Neandertals, according to a new tooth study.

September 20, 2005

Ancient hunters, not climate change, may have spurred the extinction of giant sloths, saber-toothed cats, and other Ice Age mammals, a new study says.

August 10, 2005


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