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DNA from child burials reveals ‘profoundly different’ human landscape in ancient Africa

Central Africa is too hot and humid for ancient DNA to survive—or so researchers thought. But now the bones of four children buried thousands of years ago in a rock shelter in the grasslands of Cameroon have yielded enough DNA for scientists to analyze. It’s the first ancient DNA from humans in the region, and …

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Ancient Egypt: Pygmies & Pharaohs, an Incredible Relationship

The controversy The expression Pygmy, has been used to refer to diminutive people. It derives from the Greek word πυγμαίος pugmaios, a term that means “dwarf” in Greek mythology. The word is derived from πυγμή, a term for “cubit“, suggesting a diminutive height. It has been used to refer to small-framed African hunter-gatherers since the early 19th century, in English first …

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