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Human Evolution

Human evolution articles include topics and theories concerning the emergence of humans as distinct species.


Human Evolution Articles

'Junk' DNA Proves Functional; Helps Explain Human Differences From Other Species
Scientists at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) report that what was previously believed to be "junk" DNA is one of the important ingredients distinguishing humans from other species.

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: 3.00

Yale Researchers Find 'Junk DNA' May Have Triggered Key Evolutionary Changes In Human Thumb And Foot
Out of the 3 billion genetic letters that spell out the human genome, Yale scientists have found a handful that may have contributed to the evolutionary changes in human limbs that enabled us to manipulate tools and walk upright.

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: not rated

New Research Confirms 'Out Of Africa' Theory Of Human Evolution
Researchers have produced new DNA evidence that almost certainly confirms the theory that all modern humans have a common ancestry.

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: 4.00

New Research Proves Single Origin Of Humans In Africa
New research published in the journal Nature (19 July) has proved the single origin of humans theory by combining studies of global genetic variations in humans with skull measurements across the world.

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: 1.00

Handsome By Chance: Why Humans Look Different From Neanderthals
Chance, not natural selection, best explains why the modern human skull looks so different from that of its Neanderthal relative

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: 2.50

Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals Evolved Differently Because Of Chance, Not Natural Selection
New research led by UC Davis anthropologist Tim Weaver adds to the evidence that chance, rather than natural selection, best explains why the skulls of modern humans and ancient Neanderthals evolved differently.

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: not rated

Inconsistencies with Neanderthal genomic DNA sequences
Were Neanderthals direct ancestors of contemporary humans or an evolutionary side branch that eventually died out?

Date: 5 May 2009, Rating: not rated

New findings solve human origins mystery
An extraordinary advance in human origins research reveals evidence of the emergence of the upright human body plan over 15 million years earlier than most experts have believed.

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 3.29

New research sheds light on 'hobbit'
This study offers one of the most striking confirmations of the original interpretation of the hobbit as an island remnant of one of the oldest human migrations to Asia.

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 4.25

Neandertals, humans share key changes to 'language gene'
A new study reveals that adaptive changes in a human gene involved in speech and language were shared by our closest extinct relatives, the Neandertals.

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: not rated

Neanderthal teeth grew no faster than comparable modern humans
Recent research suggested that ancient Neanderthals might have had an accelerated childhood compared to that of modern humans

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 5.00

Neanderthals were as good at hunting as early modern humans
New study reveals Neanderthals were as good at hunting as early modern humans

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 2.60

Ancient DNA reveals that some Neanderthals were redheads
Neanderthals' pigmentation possibly as varied as humans', scientists say

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 4.50

Genetic study of Neanderthal DNA reveals early split between humans and Neanderthals
In the most thorough study to date of the Neanderthal genome, scientists suggest an early human-Neanderthal split.

Date: 25 Jan 2008, Rating: 2.50

The human genome revolution or evolution?
The availability of the draft of the human genome sequence is an evolution rather than a revolution

Date: 21 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated

Evidence for Widespread Convergent Evolution around Human Microsatellites
A combination of indirect approaches to show that microsatellites appear to create regions around them in which both the rate and spectrum of mutations are modified

Date: 21 Jul 2007, Rating: not rated, 9 pages

The organization and evolution of the human Y chromosome
The recent sequencing of a large chunk of euchromatin from the human Y chromosome is a technical tour de force. It answers some evolutionary questions about this unusual chromosome while raising others.

Date: 21 Jul 2007, Rating: 10.00, 5 pages

Human Lsg1 defines a family of essential GTPases that correlates with the evolution of compartmentalization
They are ideal tools for comparative genomic studies aimed at understanding how aspects of biological complexity such as cellular compartmentalization evolved.

Date: 21 Jul 2007, Rating: 5.00, 8 pages

What makes man human: thirty-ninth James Arthur lecture on the evolution of the human brain, 1970
What makes man human is his brain. This brain is obviously different from those of nonhuman primates.

Date: 20 Jul 2007, Rating: 2.20, 10 pages

Key brain regulatory gene shows evolution in humans
Researchers have discovered the first brain regulatory gene that shows clear evidence of evolution from lower primates to humans.

Date: 17 Jul 2007, Rating: 5.00