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  • Neanderthals and modern humans made babies 47,000 years ago

    06/17/2024 7:25:55 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 64 replies
    Science ^ | May 21, 2024 | Michael Price
    Most people alive today carry traces of genes inherited from Neanderthals -- the enduring legacy of prehistoric hookups with our extinct cousins. But researchers have long debated when and where that mingling happened, and whether these were one-off romps or commonplace trysts. Now, an analysis of ancient and modern genomes suggests contemporary people's Neanderthal DNA came from a single, prolonged period of mixing some 47,000 years ago...To do that, Priya Moorjani, a population geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues analyzed previously sequenced genomes from 59 ancient H. sapiens, mostly from Western Europe and Asia, dating from between...
  • Ozarks Life: Bolivar WWII veteran is the only son of a Civil War soldier still alive

    06/15/2024 6:26:57 PM PDT · by Macho MAGA Man · 26 replies
    Ozark Life ^ | June 14, 2024 | Bill Plien
    BOLIVAR, Mo. (KY3) - At the peaceful Parkview Residential Facility in Bolivar. Inside every door, there’s a great story. “Pretty soon the school bell rang,” resident Bill Pool said, “knew right then, gonna be tardy again.” Inside Bill’s room is a book full of his poems. It sits right next to the shadowbox full of World War II medals. “I think he’s a great man,” Bill’s daughter Carolyn George said. “He still has love,” Bill’s other daughter, Jeanie Price added. Bill Pool enlisted in the Army in 1941 and, after basic training, was off to the heart of the ground...
  • 'Street justice' | Police share that child rapist was killed, closing 45-year cold case

    06/13/2024 6:58:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | June 10, 2024 | Riley Mack
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Grand Rapids Police closed a 45-year-old cold case Monday. It was all thanks to one woman. Tommie Lee Hill was convicted of a string of sex crimes in Michigan and Indiana, and detectives spoke with other victims in Pennsylvania. Officials said his crimes include raping his young stepdaughters, assault with intent to murder, burglary, firearms and counterfeiting. He was on the run for 37 years. Joe Garrett, a Grand Rapids Police officer and U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force member, first began investigating Hill's case in 2017. The FBI had handled it previously. In the 1960s,...
  • DNA Analysis Overturns Myths of Maya Empire's Child Sacrifice Rituals

    06/13/2024 5:55:51 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Science Alert ^ | June 13, 2024 | Michelle Starr
    In the height of the Maya empire, the victims of human child sacrifice appear to have been very carefully selected.According to a new analysis of ancient DNA led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the chosen victims have something in common. The remains of 64 individuals found inside a subterranean chamber known as a chultún all belonged to young boys, many of whom were closely related. Among them, two sets of identical twins.It's a discovery that contradicts the common notion that sacrifice victims tended to be young girls...We've known about the tragic fate of the children...
  • Horses may have been domesticated twice. Only one attempt stuck

    06/09/2024 3:24:03 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    Science News ^ | June 6, 2024 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Horses were domesticated at least twice, researchers report June 6 in Nature. Genetic data suggest Botai hunter-gatherers in Central Asia may have been the first to domesticate the animals for milk and meat around 5,000 years ago. That attempt didn't stick. But other people living north of the Caucasian Mountains domesticated horses for transportation about 4,200 years ago, the researchers found.Those latter horses took the equine world by storm. In just a few centuries, they replaced their wild cousins and became the modern domestic horse...ancient people from southwest Asia known as the Yamnaya have been credited with being the first...
  • Medieval Woman Stood Less Than 5 Feet Tall. She May Have Been Deadly Warrior, Study Says

    06/06/2024 6:48:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    MSN ^ | 6/5 | Brendan Rascius
    While excavating a cemetery for medieval knights in Spain, archaeologists came across something unexpected: the remains of a woman. Pierced by sharp objects, her bones suggest she fought and died in battle, likely over 800 years ago. The discovery prompted a flurry of questions about her role in the male-dominated society. Who was she? Why was she buried there? Did she fight alongside the knights? By analyzing her skeleton, archaeologists shed light on her diet, lifestyle and status, allowing them to venture several hypotheses about her identity, according to a study published May 14 in the journal Scientific Reports.
  • The world’s first tooth-regrowing drug has been approved for human trials

    06/04/2024 9:53:18 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 21 replies
    Engadget ^ | 05 30 2024 | lawrence bonk
    I remember being a kid and seeing my grandmother without her dentures for the first time. It was a harrowing experience. Now my dad has dentures so, genetically speaking, I’m several decades out from needing some myself. However, it’s possible that modern medicine will solve the issue of lost teeth by then, thanks to a new drug that's about to enter human trials. The medicine quite literally regrows teeth and was developed by a team of Japanese researchers, as reported by New Atlas. The research has been led by Katsu Takahashi, head of dentistry and oral surgery at Kitano Hospital....
  • World-first tooth-regrowing drug will be given to humans in September

    05/29/2024 6:56:13 PM PDT · by Jonty30 · 16 replies ^ | May 28, 2024 | Bronwyn Thompson
    The world's first human trial of a drug that can regenerate teeth will begin in a few months, less than a year on from news of its success in animals. This paves the way for the medicine to be commercially available as early as 2030. The trial, which will take place at Kyoto University Hospital from September to August 2025, will treat 30 males aged 30-64 who are missing at least one molar. The intravenous treatment will be tested for its efficacy on human dentition, after it successfully grew new teeth in ferret and mouse models with no significant side...
  • World-first tooth-regrowing drug will be given to humans in September

    05/29/2024 12:49:48 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    New Atlas ^ | May 28, 2024 | Bronwyn Thompson
    The world's first human trial of a drug that can regenerate teeth will begin in a few months, less than a year on from news of its success in animals. This paves the way for the medicine to be commercially available as early as 2030. The trial, which will take place at Kyoto University Hospital from September to August 2025, will treat 30 males aged 30-64 who are missing at least one molar. The intravenous treatment will be tested for its efficacy on human dentition, after it successfully grew new teeth in ferret and mouse models with no significant side...
  • Groundbreaking tooth regrowing drug in works: ‘Every dentist’s dream’

    07/07/2023 11:31:03 AM PDT · by CtBigPat · 27 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 6, 2023 | Jane Herz
    Researchers in Japan are currently working on a medication that would allow people to grow a new set of teeth, with a clinical trial slated for July 2024.
  • Scientists are Using Tooth Isotopes to Bring Home Unidentified Soldiers

    11/25/2022 11:34:52 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Forensic Magazine ^ | November 21, 2022
    November 21, 2022 Share Email 592205.jpg Credit: U.S. Military One of the keys to bringing home unidentified military remains, including POW/MIAs and the more than 81,500 soldiers unaccounted for in conflicts dating back to World War II, is using science to determine where home might be. University of Utah scientists are engaged in an effort, in support of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, to develop methods that can trace the geographic origin of remains, particularly teeth. Why teeth? Because everyone’s body, including their teeth, contains a record of where they’ve lived and traveled in the form of various stable isotopes...
  • 10,000 human remains found on serial killer’s farm — and authorities are still identifying victims (Indiana)

    06/03/2024 7:39:46 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 102 replies
    NY Post ^ | 6-2-24 | Isabel Keane
    For years, a peaceful, million-dollar farm in Indiana hid a dark secret: It was a serial killer’s playground. When cops finally raided Herb Baumeister’s 18-acre property in Westfield, north of Indianapolis, they uncovered some 10,000 pieces of human remains — mostly crushed and burned skeletal fragments of the teenage boys and young men whom he had abducted and murdered in the 1980s and ’90s. Nearly 30 years after Baumeister killed himself while on the run from police, authorities are still sifting through the remains and identifying victims.
  • 15 Fascinating Facts About The Ainu - Japan’s Indigenous People

    06/01/2024 2:44:43 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 18 replies
    🎥 Who are the indigenous Ainu people of Japan, where did they come from, what do they look like, and where do they stand in the world today? 🇯🇵 Welcome to our deep dive into the fascinating world of the Ainu, the indigenous people of northern Japan. In this video, we explore the unique aspects of Ainu culture, from their ancient history to their contemporary resurgence… 00:26 - 🌿 Indigenous Heritage: Explore the history of the Ainu, the original inhabitants of Hokkaido, and their presence in Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. 01:54 - 📜 Unique Language: Discover the endangered Ainu...
  • This unassuming fern has the largest known genome—and no one knows why

    05/31/2024 11:41:20 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    Science.ORG ^ | May 31, 2024 | ASHLEY STIMPSON
    Scientists hope the study of it and other giant genomes will shed light on species resilience. The New Caledonian fork fern (Tmesipteris oblanceolate) possesses the largest genome yet found. ORIANE HIDALGO ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The human genome is made up of 3 billion base pairs of DNA. But that’s nothing compared with the New Caledonian fork fern (Tmesipteris oblanceolate), a leafy, tendrilled plant native to several Pacific islands. Its genome contains an astonishing 160 billion base pairs, making it the largest genome ever discovered, researchers report today in iScience. The finding could help scientists understand how genomes grow so large, and how...
  • Greek Scientists Identify Nazi Victims Executed 83 Years Ago in Crete

    05/31/2024 4:58:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | May 31, 2024 | Tasos Kokkinidis
    The Nazi occupying forces massacred civilians in Crete. Credit: Bundesarchiv, CC BY-SA 3.0 de/Wikipedia Greek scientists have recently identified 18 people who were executed by the Nazis in Crete through DNA analysis. In the Battle of Crete during the World War II occupation of Greece, the German forces faced substantial civilian resistance. The inhabitants of Adele, a prosperous lowland village in the northeastern part of the Rethymnon regional unit, resisted fiercely and had formed an armed resistance group. As a consequence, the German forces surrounded the village on June 2, 1941, and arrested 18 male civilians (including two fathers with...
  • Ongoing Sightings of This Enigmatic Lost Species Continue to Challenge Accepted Views on Its Extinction

    05/30/2024 8:00:43 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 67 replies
    The Debrief ^ | May 30, 2024 | Micah Hanks
    On September 7, 1936, the last known thylacine, often referred to as the Tasmanian tiger, is believed to have died in captivity in Hobart, Tasmania. Since then, the species, long presumed extinct, has taken on a near-mythical status. The thylacine still captures the public’s imagination, having earned its place as a modern symbol of both loss, and also possibilities. The creature’s unmistakable striped appearance has also helped propel it to its current position as a pop cultural icon and a constant reminder of humanity’s more destructive side. Yet what is perhaps the most intriguing about the thylacine is that, for...
  • How Does One Find Private Genetic Testing.

    05/24/2024 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 32 replies
    chickensoup | chickensoup
    How Does One Find Private Genetic Testing. I am looking for private genetic testing and if needed counseling related to family history of dementia. How does one find this sort of thing.. not interested in getting primary involved.
  • Obsessed with Our DNA: The Rise and Fall of 23andMe

    05/23/2024 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 67 replies
    When a trusting customer purchases a kit from 23andMe, spits in their tube, and mails it back, they effortlessly provide 23andMe with genetic data on dozens and dozens of their traits. If the intended goal is to discover a family ancestry line, or if they are a candidate for ailments like breast or prostate cancer and other disease-causing variants, then 23andMe may seem like a valuable tool. However, by consenting to let 23andMe run tests, customers agree to user terms set by the company. (snip) As the partnership between 23andMe and GSK came to life, besides publicly disclosed deals with...
  • How DNA Testing Revealed European Ancestry in Elongated Paracas Skulls

    05/22/2024 9:14:08 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 57 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | 5/21/24 | Joanna Gillan
    The elongated skulls of Paracas in Peru caused a stir in 2014 when a geneticist that carried out preliminary DNA testing reported that they have mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far”. A second round of DNA testing was completed in 2016 and the results almost as controversial – the skulls tested, which date back as far as 2,000 years, were shown to have European and Middle Eastern Origin. It was claimed these surprising results would change the known history about how the Americas were populated. But did they? Paracas is a desert...
  • 1st Americans came over in 4 different waves from Siberia, linguist argues

    05/18/2024 10:30:28 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 53 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 3, 2024 | Kristina Killgrove
    Nearly half of the world's language families are found in the Americas. Although many of them are now thought extinct, historical linguistics analysis can survey and compare living languages and trace them back in time to better understand the groups that first populated the continent.In a study published March 30 in the American Journal of Biological Anthropology, Johanna Nichols, a historical linguist at the University of California Berkeley, analyzed structural features of 60 languages from across the U.S. and Canada, which revealed they come from two main language groups that entered North America in at least four distinct waves.Nichols surveyed...