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Iconic Fossil Assigned Probable Cause of Death: A Big Fall

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  • Stone Age Site Saved

    A company began diamond mining at an extraordinary site in South Africa with 2.3 million years of human history. Quick action by archaeologists has led to a court decision protecting the site.

  • Although cooking was important in human evolution, the consumption of a food resembling tartare, finely chopped meat served raw, may have led to big changes in our ancestors’ skeletal features.

    Raw Deal

    A new study suggests that changes to the head and teeth seen in our early human ancestors could have occurred before cooking—thanks to the invention of chopping raw meat.

  • Humans and Neanderthals interbred about 50,000–60,000 years ago. The genetic legacy of those liaisons, including possibly depression, is only now coming to light.

    I’ve Got the Neanderthal Blues

    New research suggests that depression risk, smoking addiction, and other health and cognitive traits may be partially shaped by the Neanderthal DNA that persists in modern humans.