News 2021

Ten Millennia of Hepatitis B Virus Evolution
A new study traces the evolution of the hepatitis B virus from prehistory to the present, revealing dissemination routes and changes in viral diversity more
The Origin and Legacy of the Etruscans
A new study reports genome-wide data of ancient Italian individuals to trace the origins of the Etruscans and their contribution to later populations more
Central European Prehistory was Highly Dynamic
Frequent cultural, genetic, and social change epitomises the history of central Europe from the Stone Age to the Early Bronze Age more
Oldest Genome from Wallacea Shows Previously Unknown Ancient Human Relations
International research team isolates DNA from modern human buried 7,000 years ago on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi more
Shedding Light on Past Human Histories
Research team reconstructs genetic histories and social organisation in Neolithic and Bronze Age Croatia more
A New Method for Identifying Ancient DNA
A team of researchers have developed a new software called PyDamage to provide an automated approach for ancient DNA damage estimation and authentication of de novo DNA assemblies more
Johannes Krause: "Racism created the concept of race in humans in the first place"
From Frankfurter Rundschau - Archaeogeneticist Johannes Krause explains why we humans are much more alike than it may seem on the outside. Further information in German. more
Where are the Foreigners of the First International Age?
Researchers use genetic and isotopic data to investigate human mobility at the Bronze Age city of Alalakh in Turkey more
The Surprising Evolutionary History of our Oral Bacteria
Researchers reconstruct the oral microbiomes of Neanderthals, primates, and humans, including the oldest oral microbiome ever sequenced from a 100,000-year-old Neanderthal, and discover unexpected clues about human evolution and health. more
New Discovery Reveals Early Dispersal of Neolithic Domesticated Sheep into the Heart of Central Asia
The finds push back the presence of domesticated animals in the region by some 3,000 years more
Neanderthal Ancestry Identifies Oldest Modern Human Genome
The fossil skull of a woman in Czechia has provided the oldest modern human genome yet reconstructed, representing a population that formed before the ancestors of present-day Europeans and Asians split apart. more
Ancient Genomes Trace the Origin and Decline of the Scythians
Generally thought of as fierce horse-warriors, the Scythians were a multitude of Iron Age cultures who ruled the Eurasian steppe, playing a major role in Eurasian history. A new study published in Science Advances analyzes genome-wide data for 111 ancient individuals spanning the Central Asian Steppe from the first millennia BCE and CE. The results reveal new insights into the genetic events associated with the origins, development and decline of the steppe’s legendary Scythians. more
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