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Looks of early European revealed
Genetic tests reveal that a hunter-gatherer who lived 7,000 years ago had the unusual combination of dark skin and hair and blue eyes.
Ape-like feet 'found in one in 13'
About one in thirteen people has flexible "ape-like" feet - similar to those of an evolutionary relative - a study of museum visitors finds.
Neanderthal sex boost to immunity
Sexual relations between ancient humans and their evolutionary cousins were critical in boosting our modern immune systems, say scientists.
Longer winters led to bigger eyes
A study of human skulls shows humans living at high latitude evolved bigger eyes and brains to see in poor light.
Brain shrinkage is uniquely human
Chimpanzee brains do not suffer age-related brain shrinkage as humans do, indicating that old age has evolved to "pay for" our bigger brains.
Remains found of early Europeans
Ancient remains uncovered in Ukraine represent some of the oldest evidence of modern people in Europe, experts say.
Animal tests 'redefine free will'
The concept of free will is in flux in the wake of experiments showing that animals even as simple as flies seem to exert free will in their choices.
Neanderthals 'distinct from us'
Scientists studying the DNA of Neanderthals say they can find no evidence that this ancient species ever interbred with modern humans.
Neanderthals were 'keen on tech'
Neanderthals were keen on innovation and technology and developed tools all on their own, scientists say.
Giant turtle's demise the fault of humans, study says
Humans may have been responsible for driving giant turtles to extinction 3,000 years ago, according to a new study.
Neanderthal genes 'survive in us'
Many people alive today possess some Neanderthal ancestry, according to a landmark scientific study.
DNA analysed from early European
Scientists have analysed DNA extracted from the remains of a 30,000-year-old European hunter-gatherer.