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Childbirth Was Already Difficult For Neanderthals

Neanderthals had a brain at birth of a similar size to that of modern-day babies. However, after birth, their brain grew more quickly than it does for Homo sapiens and became larger too. Nevertheless, the individual lifespan ran just as slowly as it does for modern human beings.

6,000-year-old skeletons in French pit came from victims of violence

A gruesome discovery in eastern France casts new light on violent conflicts that took lives — and sometimes just limbs — around 6,000 years ago.

Cro-Magnon 1 skull This is a 32,000-year-old skull discovered in 1868 in Cro-Magnon rockshelter, Les Eyzies, France. ‘Cro-Magnon Man’ is commonly used for the modern humans that inhabited Europe from about 40,000 to 10,000 years ago. - See more at: http://australianmuseum.net.au/image/Cro-Magnon#sthash.rGElgY9l.dpuf

Fossil finds in China are challenging ideas about the evolution of modern humans and our closest relatives.

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Due to the Neanderthal genome project, we know that Europeans and Asians have Cro Magnon and Neanderthal ancestors. However, humans below the Saharan Desert do not posses any Neanderthal DNA. Now, scientists have created a complete DNA sequence of Africans. They found genetic evidence of an unknown extinct hominid ancestor of Africans not shared with non-Africans.

After four-years of hard work, scientists have fully sequenced and decoded the Neanderthal genome Neanderthals and modern humans have the same FoxP2 gene sequence – meaning Neanderthals were capable of communication if not full-blown language All anatomically modern humans share at least some Neanderthal DNA. Europeans and Asians (-4%) and Africans (+/-1.8%). This means cross-species breeding gave rise to fertile young Neanderthals had more complex art and personal adornment than…

Durc

7V. From site: Durc was a mixture of both Neanderthal and Modern Man -- "Figuratively, Durc was the only son of the Clan. After Creb saw a glimpse of the Clan's doom at the Clan Gathering, Creb came to believe that Durc was Ayla's gift to the Clan. Children like Durc (and their descendents) would carry on some part of the dying Clan." There are implications, both in "Clan of the Cave Bear" and in Ayla's dreams in later books, that Durc will become the future leader.

Human and Neanderthal populations overlapped at least twice in their history Some previous estimates had placed the first interspecies liaison much earlier, before the emergence of these features. The new DNA sequence shows it actually happened in the middle of an age called the Initial Upper Palaeolithic, when there was an explosion of modern human culture.

2.8 million-year-old fossilized jawbone with small teeth, found in the desert of Ethiopia, may be a transitional fossil between primitive and modern man. Pushing back the dawn of humankind by approximately half a million years, and rewriting what we know about the evolutionary branching that eventually led to modern humans, this fossil is the bone of one of the very first humans and comes from a time when humans split from the more ape-like ancestors, Australopithecus