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Europe's First Humans: What Scientists Do and Don't Know


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Analyzing DNA

Researchers prepare DNA extracts from bone powder; here, from a 40,000-year-old human jawbone.

Credit: Svante Pbo, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Over the past two years, breakthroughs in ancient genomics and archaeology have revolutionized the story of the first humans in Europe—who are thought to have appeared some 45,000 years ago—and their relationship with the Neanderthals, who vanished from the region some 5,000 years afterwards.

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