"A study conducted into the genomes of a Mesolithic hunter -gatherer further confirms that modern Iberians are not genetically related to these pre-farming people."

"Anthropologists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and geneticists at University College London, working in collaboration with archaeologists from Berlin and Kiev, have analyzed ancient DNA from skeletons and found that selection has had a significant effect on the human genome even in the past …"

"Genetic and environmental evidence indicates that after the ancestors of Native Americans left Asia, they spent 10,000 years on a land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska. Archaeological evidence is lacking because it drowned when sea levels rose."

"DNA shows how peoples interbred over the past 4000 years, and links these interbreeding events to the rise and fall of empires."

"Scientists on Tuesday said they could fill a blank in the history of Central Africa’s pygmies, whose past is one of the most elusive of any community in the world."

"Our species spread across the world from its African heartland about 60,000 years ago – but 3000 years ago, some humans went back to the homeland."

"The Clovis people were not the first humans in America, but they represent the first humans with a wide expansion on the North American continent — until the culture mysteriously disappeared only a few hundred years after its origin. Now genome mapping shows that some 80 percent of all present-day Native American populations on the two American continents are direct descendants of the Clovis boy’s family."

"A study of 400 pairs of twins has found that gay men share genetic signatures in their chromosomes but also that sexual orientation is not entirely genetic in cause."

"Our most common male ancestor walked the earth 209,000 years ago – earlier than scientists commonly thought - according to new research from the University of Sheffield."

Why do I link so many things about Neanderthals?

Beyond my general interest in hominins, I love that the more we learn about Neanderthals the more clear it becomes that they are essentially us.  I love that for all these millenia, my ancestors have very likely been unknowingly carrying some of their genes into the future.  I love that some piece of them is hiding in so many of us.  It’s beautiful.