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MEDIA: Modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups

Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia. While two of the archaic groups are currently known – the Neandertals and their sister group the Denisovans from Asia ¬– the others remain unnamed and have […]

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New Zealand’s giant extinct bird traced back to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand’s most mysterious giant flightless bird – the now extinct adzebill – showing that some of its closest living relatives are the pint-sized flufftails from Madagascar and Africa. Led by the University of Adelaide, the research in the journal Diversity showed that among the closest living relatives of the […]

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Prof Alan Cooper awarded prestigious 2014 Australian Laureate Fellowship

16 Australian Laureate Awards were announced today. The Environment Institute’s Prof Alan Cooper has been successful in his proposal of a project that will use ancient microbiomes and genomes to reconstruct human history, including indigenous Australians. Alan Cooper is the only recipient in the state to receive the prestigious award. “The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme reflects […]

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