Tag: Neanderthals

  • Neanderthals nurtured and had good parenting skills

    Neanderthals nurtured and had good parenting skills

    Neanderthals are getting a better press lately. As it turns out, they were actually quite similar to our direct ancestors. In fact some would argue they are, at least in part, our ancestors. There lifestyle seems to be quite like the one our ancestors lived. Now, new research challenges our traditional view on Neanderthal childhood.…

  • Neanderthals talked, just like us

    Neanderthals talked, just like us

    A new research project conducted by the University of New England shows that Neanderthals probably used the spoken word to communicate. This contradicts the view that modern humans are unique in this matter. It was long thought that the Neanderthals simply lacked the necessary cognitive capacity and physical ability for speech. Their extinction, some 30.000…

  • Neanderthal-DNA found in 65% of modern Asians

    Neanderthal-DNA found in 65% of modern Asians

    The Neanderthal-genome is published, which makes it possible to do a wide range of research on comparative evolution.Researchers prooved the interbreeding between humans and Neanderthals already. Now, compartive tests show that 65% of modern Asians share a DNA-chromosome with Neanderthals. The chromosome is related to UV-light adaptation. This particular DNA-chromosome however left the DNA-genome during…

  • Feeling sick? Maybe you have the Neanderthal-virus

    Feeling sick? Maybe you have the Neanderthal-virus

    British scientists have discovered Neanderthal’ viruses¬†in the DNA of modern sick humans. They made their discovery as they studied DNA samples of these ancient hominids and then compared them to the DNA of cancer patients alive today. As it turned out, the same DNA strings appeared in both samples.¬†This suggests that these viruses were already…