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What did our ancestors look like? Hair and eye color can be determined for ancient human remains

A new method of establishing hair and eye color from modern forensic samples can also be used to identify details from ancient human remains, finds a new study published in BioMed Central’s open access journal Investigative Genetics.

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Khoe-San peoples diverged before 'out-of-Africa' migration of modern humans

Genetically, culturally and ethically the Khoe-San have something special to add to this world. The largest genomic study ever conducted among Khoe and San groups reveals that these groups from southern Africa are descendants of the earliest diversification event in the history of all humans -- some 100,000 years ago, well before the 'out-of-Africa' migration of modern humans.

What is Forensic Anthropology? Anthropology is the study of humankind, culturally and physically, in all times and places. Forensic Anthropology is the application of anthropological knowledge and techniques in a legal context. This involves detailed knowledge of osteology (skeletal anatomy and biology) to aid in the identification and cause of death of skeletal remains, as well as the recovery of remains using archaeological techniques.

www.all-about-forensic-science.com I've just updated the forensic science book of the month page on the main website. The March entry is - Forensic Toxicology: Medico-Legal Case Studies By Kalipatnapu N. Rao. For details of this and all the forensic science book of the month entries - see following link. http://www.all-about-forensic-science.com/forensic-science-book.html

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Aztec conquest altered genetics among early Mexico inhabitants, new DNA study shows

Using ancient DNA (aDNA) sampling, Jaime Mata-Míguez, an anthropology graduate student and lead author of the study, tracked the biological comings and goings of the Otomí people following the incorporation of Xaltocan into the Aztec empire.

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No known hominin is common ancestor of Neanderthals and modern humans, study suggests

The search for a common ancestor linking modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago has been a compelling subject for research. But a new study suggests the quest isn't nearly complete.