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Submission + - Neanderthal genes live on (

John Hawks writes: Neanderthals didn't die out, we assimilated them — non-Africans today are between 1 and 4% Neanderthal. Science has the original research describing the draft Neanderthal genome (open access), but if you want to read the technical details, who better than Ars Technica? And as to what it all means to the rest of us, you can check out an FAQ from the paleoanthropologist's perspective.

Submission + - Humans evolving 100 times faster than ever (

John Hawks writes: "A new genomics study in PNAS shows that humans have been evolving new adaptive genes during the past 10,000 years much faster than ever before. The study says that evolution has sped up because of population growth, making people adapt faster to new diseases, new diets, and social changes like cities. Oh, and I'm the lead author. I've been reading Slashdot for a long time, and let me just say that our study doesn't necessarily apply to trolls."

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