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Scientists have been able to determine that everyone with blue eyes descended from one common ancestor. The first blue eyes were due to a genetic mutation up to 10,000 years ago, before that everyone had brown eyes. The mutation affected the OCA2 gene which is involved in giving our eyes their pigment. "A genetic mutation affecting the OCA2 gene in our chromosomes resulted in the creation of a 'switch,' which literally 'turned off' the ability to produce brown eyes," said Hans Eiberg of th...
World's oldest string found at French Neanderthal site. At 90,000 years old, it predates the arrival of Homo sapiens in Europe. That means the Neanderthals occupying the French site learned to make it themselves, rather than imitating modern humans. Growing evidence suggests our extinct cousins developed a number of sophisticated behaviours – and perhaps even taught some skills to our species when the two met. Click through
Red Deer Cave People are the most recent discovered prehistoric population that do not resemble modern humans. Fossils dated between 14,500 and 11,500 years old were found in Red Deer Cave and Longlin Cave in China. Fossils exhibit features of more primitive humans. including distinctive features that differ from modern humans: flat face, broad nose, jutting jaw with no chin, large molars, prominent brows, thick skull bones, and moderate-size brain.
Members of "The Neandertal Genome Project" at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology pose with a Neanderthal skeleton. The initial draft of the genome was published in "Science" on May 7, 2010 and "results indicate that Neandertals are slightly more closely related to modern humans outside Africa. The team also identified several genomic regions that appear to have played an important role during human evolution."
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A team of scientists has created what it believes is the first really accurate reconstruction of Neanderthal man, from a skeleton that was discovered in France over a century ago. In 1909, excavations at La Ferrassie cave in the Dordogne unearthed the remains of a group of Neanderthals. One of the skeletons in that group was that of an adult male, given the name La Ferrassie 1. These remains have helped scientists create a detailed reconstruction of our closest prehistoric relative for a n