Plague Began Infecting Humans Much Earlier Than Thought

This skull is from an individual of the Yamnaya people, a group that moved into Central Asia in early Bronze Age (c. 5000 years ago). The group belonged to a culture that is one of the Bronze Age groups carrying Y. pestis.   by Charles Q. Choi, Live Science Contributor The germ that causes the …

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Why Does It Matter If Homo sapiens Had Sex With Neanderthals?

EXPAND Evidence has been piling up for a while that early humans in Europe had children with the Neanderthals who had been living there for probably 500 thousand years before humans arrived. Very few Neanderthal genes are left in humans today, so what difference does it make? A lot, both genetically and philosophically. RELATED How did Neanderthal genes …