Human evolution and history

How research on genes and genomes is shedding light on the evolution of Homo sapiens as a species, and on the migration of humans across the globe.
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Five thousand years ago, Europeans did not have the gene that controls our ability to digest milk. 26/02/07
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What fossils and genetics tell us about human evolution. 03/10/06
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Research has identified the first genetic evidence of Africans having lived among 'indigenous' British people for centuries. 24/01/07
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Is DNA (or RNA) sequence the only way information can be encoded and passed on from generation to generation? No. 15/01/07
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Chimps are our closest relatives. Genome sequence comparisons are beginning to identify the key genes that distinguish us from them. 15/01/07
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Evolutionary change by natural selection (or genetic drift) requires variation in DNA. Where does this variation come from? 15/01/07
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Research has revealed that the spread of Islam in southern India was down more to culture than to genes. 01/12/06
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We may have removed many selective pressures, but humans probably are still evolving. 29/09/06
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By recovering sequencing-intact DNA from an especially ancient Neandertal specimen, researchers have found evidence suggesting that the genetic diversity among Neandertals was higher than previously thought. 07/06/06
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The vast differences between humans and chimpanzees are due more to changes in gene regulation than differences in individual genes themselves, researchers argue. 09/03/06
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An unusually frequent lineage of Y chromosomes in northern China and Mongolia has been linked to the Manchu conquest of China and the Qing dynasty. 12/01/06
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A gene thought to influence perception and susceptibility to drug dependence is expressed more readily in humans than in other primates, a difference that may coincide with the evolution of our species. 15/11/05
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Human genetics, genome sequencing projects and cell biology are providing fascinating insights into the origins of our most important organ - the brain. 04/10/05
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Scientists are analysing genetic differences between humans and chimpanzees to shed light on the evolution of the human brain. 01/10/05
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Mitochondrial DNA from nine Taiwanese tribes reveals a genetic link between aboriginal Taiwanese and Polynesian populations, to the exclusion of mainland Asians. 05/07/05
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Study finds that the human inhabitants of Madagascar are genetically unique. 04/05/05
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Three Oxford professors are Investigating how genetic structure varies geographically in the UK. 15/12/04
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Insights into the evolution of sight, smell and speech are emerging from comparisons of the human genome with the DNA of chimpanzees and other primates. 19/03/04
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A birth defect gene may be key to evolution of humans' large brain. 08/03/04
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Studies of mDNA can solve genetic and historical riddles, as Bryan Sykes explains. 10/09/03
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Mark Jobling explores the Y chromosome and human history. 24/06/03
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