Aboriginal Australians, Pacific Islanders carry DNA of unknown human species, research analysis suggests

Aboriginal Australians, Pacific Islanders carry DNA of unknown human species, research analysis suggests

The analysis suggests the DNA is unlikely to come from Neanderthals or Denisovans, but from a third extinct hominid, previously unknown to archaeologists. Statistical geneticist Ryan Bohlender and his team investigated the percentages of extinct hominid DNA in modern humans. They found discrepancies in previous analyses and found that interbreeding between Neanderthals and Denisovans was not the whole story to our ancestors' genetic makeup.

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Mark Twain Has a Historic Haunted Mansion That Offers Spooky Ghost Tours

Mark Twain Has a Historic Haunted Mansion That Offers Spooky Ghost Tours

Iconic American author Mark Twain, best known for his stories about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, has more than just books as a claim to fame. A lesser-known aspect of Twain is that his former residence is haunted. By Sara Barnes.

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Richard Hakluyt and Early English Travel

Richard Hakluyt and Early English Travel

"The Principle Navigations," Richard Hakluyt's great championing of Elizabethan colonial exploration, remains one of the most important collections of English travel writing ever published. As well as the escapades of famed names such as Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh, Nandini Das looks at how the book preserves many stories of lesser known figures that surely would have been otherwise lost.

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The e-waste mountains – in pictures

The e-waste mountains - in pictures

Sustainable development goal target 12.5 is to reduce waste, but with a planet increasingly dependent on technology, is that even possible? Kai Loeffelbein’s photographs of e-waste recycling in Guiyu, southern China show what happens to discarded computers

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Paper Trails: Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama

Paper Trails: Rolled Newspaper Animal Sculptures by Chie Hitotsuyama

In 2007, artist Chie Hitotsuyama took an illustration job with an NGO and traveled to Africa. There she encountered a rhino that had been rescued from poachers who prey on the beautiful animal only for its tusk, which to this day, are bought and sold for high prices. “I still remember the kindness in that Rhino’s eyes,” she says, speaking about the encounter, which inspired her to begin making animal-themed artwork.

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