October 19, 2021
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Denisovans may have met us in the Pacific

Enlarge / The home territory of New Guinea highland populations.Marc DozierThe inhabitants of the Pacific came in waves. Aboriginal Australians were the first to cross the area, and they were followed by separate populations that inhabited New Guinea and nearby island chains. Later still, the Polynesians, descendants of early East Asians, spread th...
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Sex with Neanderthals was common for early Eurasian Homo sapiens, DNA says

EnlargeHajdinjak et al. 2020DNA from the earliest Homo sapiens in Europe adds more detail to the story of our species’ expansion into Eurasia—and our complicated 5,000-year relationship with Neanderthals. The earliest traces of our species in Eurasia are a lower molar and a few fragments of bone from Bacho Kiro Cave in Bulgaria, dating to between 4...