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How a DNA revolution has decoded the origins of our humanity

Mapping the genomes of our ancestors has allowed scientists to uncover secrets and discover new mysteries in our evolution

cientists made a remarkable discovery at Trou Al’Wesse in Belgium earlier this year. Inside a cave that overlooks the Hoyoux river they found clear evidence it had been occupied by Neanderthals tens of thousands of years ago.

Kran 2bYet the cave contained no skull fragments, no teeth – nor any other skeletal remains of this extinct species of human being.

The team, from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, were sure of their ground, however.

Their genetic analysis of…

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