Tag: anthropology

DNA study suggests dogs originated in Europe

A new DNA study published Thursday indicates dogs originated in Europe some 19,000 to 32,000 years ago. This large DNA study aligns with the earliest known doglike fossils, which also came from Europe. Other DNA studies have suggested that dogs originated in east Asia and the Middle East. Scientists agree that dogs became the first…

Skull Discovery Could Rewrite Early Human Evolution

The human family tree may be much simpler than previously thought, a newly released report finds. The report, which was sparked by the discovery of a 1.8-million-year-old skull, suggests that specimens that were previously thought to represent several different human species might actually be different-sized individuals of the same species. The fossil, known as Skull…

5,300-year-old ร–tzi the Iceman has living relatives

Scientists say that there are at least 19 genetic relatives of ร–tzi the Iceman currently living in Austriaโ€™s Tyrol region. ร–tziโ€™s frozen 5,300-year-old body was found in the Italian Alps in 1991. The 19 genetic matches to ร–tzi were found by examining DNA records of 3,700 Austrian blood donors. The Austrian researchers have not yet…