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What’s behind Texas governor’s ‘Neanderthal thinking’?

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A version of this story appeared in CNN's What Matters newsletter. To get it in your inbox, sign up for free here. "Neanderthal thinking" was President Joe Biden's unusually direct description of the decision by go...

Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for lifting restrictions: ‘Neanderthal thinking’

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President Joe Biden sharply criticized states such as Texas and Mississippi for lifting Covid-19 restrictions against pleas from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other top public health official...

Reversal of Earth’s magnetic poles may have triggered Neanderthal extinction — and it could happen again

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The reversal of Earth's magnetic poles, along with a temporary breakdown of the world's magnetic field about 42,000 years ago, could have triggered a raft of environmental changes, solar storms and the extinction of...

Did you survive Covid? Maybe you can thank your Neanderthal ancestors

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People who survive a bout of Covid-19 with mild symptoms or even no symptoms may be able to thank their Neanderthal ancestors, a new study suggests. Researchers found a genetic mutation that reduces the risk of seve...

Neanderthal genes can change clusters of human brain tissue, scientists find

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Brains are not preserved in the fossil record, making it impossible to know how modern human brains differ from our long-extinct ancestors, the Neanderthals. From fossilized skulls we know that their brains were bi...

Neanderthal child’s skeleton buried 41,000 years ago may solve long-standing mystery

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Is burying the dead a practice unique to Homo sapiens? Or did other early humans such as Neanderthals lay their loved ones to rest under the earth? It's a topic of long-standing debate among archaeologists. Now, evi...

How Neanderthal DNA affects human health — including the risk of getting Covid-19

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Early modern humans originated in Africa and started spreading around the world about 80,000 years ago. As they traveled, they came across other ancient humans, including Neanderthals, who had already populated Euro...

Teeth reveal details about a Neanderthal who fell down a well

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Altamura Man is one of the most complete and best preserved Neanderthal skeletons ever discovered. His fossilized bones, however, have remained hidden from view at the bottom of a sinkhole near Altamura, a town in s...