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Researchers Reveal how Stone Age Hunter-Gatherers Avoided Inbreeding

New genetic research reveals that prehistoric hunter-gatherers in Western Europe had surprisingly intricate social relationships that went far beyond biological kinship. These late Stone Age foraging groups deliberately mixed with multiple outside communities, likely as an intentional tactic to avoid inbreeding. The novel findings come from a study published in the Proceedings of the National […]

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Legends of the Hadza People are so Ancient that they May Refer to Extinct Hominid Ancestors

The Hadza people are an ethnic group living around Lake Eyasi in the Great Rift Valley and near the Serengeti plain in Tanzania, in an area called Hadzaland. In 2015, there were between 1,200 and 1,300 individuals, with only about 300 of them, a small group, still surviving, dedicated exclusively to hunting and gathering. This […]

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Denisovan Genetic Heritage Could Affect Mental Health of European and Asian Populations

A new study conducted by researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE) in Spain has revealed that modern humans outside of Africa inherited a genetic variant from the Denisovans, an extinct species related to Neanderthals, which may have helped them adapt to the cold during the expansion out of Africa around 60,000 years ago. […]