Megan Morris Digging up the past: A paper published by Dr Rebecca Ackermann and an American colleague could well open up some fresh debates in evolutionary thinking. Photo by KM Ackermann.
Results reveal genetic differences between Neandertals and modern humans, and suggest some interbreeding An international research team has sequenced the Neandertal genome, using pill-sized samples of bone powder from three Neandertal bones found in a cave in Croatia. The results appeared in the 7 May issue of the journal Science, which is published by AAAS, the nonprofit science society.
Izelle Theunissen, MRC News Genes reveal more than whether you were going to have a crooked nose or curly hair. They can also spill the beans about where your ancestors come from. Dr Himla Soodyall of the MRC 's Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit tells more about the origins of the Lemba. The Lemba (or Remba, as they are known in Zimbabwe) is a group of Bantu-speakers who tell a fascinating account of their ancestry. Now genetic techniques pioneered by Dr Soodyall and her team bear their legends out.
Humans have pondered their origins for as long as they have existed. The most direct account of our past is inferred from the fossil record. Skeletal remains have been instrumental in establishing the evolution of human ancestors in Africa, and they have also provided important information about the evolution of modern Homo sapiens.