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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

Using new, microscopic technology to analyze dental wear-patterns, researchers have reconstructed the diets of two species of early humans.

August 3, 2005
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Despite invasions by Romans, Vikings, and others, the genetic makeup of most white Britons has hardly changed since the Ice Age, a new book claims.

July 19, 2005

Researchers say natural selection may be behind the talented minds of Albert Einstein, Leonard Bernstein, and other people of European Jewish descent.

July 18, 2005
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The arrival of humans in Australia 60,000 years ago caused the extinction of roughly 60 species of the continent's animals, scientists have found.

July 7, 2005
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Archaeologists have found the world's earliest known glassmaking facility, revealing the crucial role of glass in ancient trade and politics.

June 16, 2005

Bones found more than a century ago in what is now the Czech Republic represent the earliest human settlement in Europe, new research confirms.

May 19, 2005

Two new genetic studies suggest modern humans left Africa between 60,000 to 75,000 years ago, crossing the Red Sea, then following the Indian Ocean coastline.

May 13, 2005

A new study shows how genes can help reveal how societal rules affect mobility.

May 10, 2005
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The discovery of a 41,000-year-old leg bone in a cave in France has opened new questions about how Neandertal humans lived and moved through Europe.

May 3, 2005
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National Geographic has launched the Genographic Project, which will use DNA to trace how human populations dispersed from Africa to the rest of the world.

April 13, 2005
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Scientists have for the first time constructed a fully articulated Neandertal skeleton using castings from real Neandertal bones.

March 10, 2005

Between 45,000 and 28,000 years ago, Neandertals and early humans coexisted in Europe until the Neandertals died out. Why humans survived and Neandertals didn't has long puzzled experts. A seven-year study by 30 scientists suggests climate change triggered Neandertals' demise.

February 9, 2004

A chance find has led Russian researchers to unearth a trove of 31,000-year-old hunting tools made from wolf bone, rhinoceros horn, and mammoth tusk along central Siberia's Yana River. The discovery suggests early humans colonized the rugged lands of Arctic Siberia almost twice as early as previously thought.

January 14, 2004

Deftly carved figurines, including one that is half man, half lion, suggest that people living in what is now Germany were culturally modern 30,000 years ago. The newly discovered artifacts fuel the debate on when humans crossed the threshold into cultural modernity.

December 17, 2003

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