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‘Ghost population’ of ancient humans may have mated with ancestors of modern humans

by Ryan W. Miller, USA Today

Ancestors of people living in what is today West Africa may have reproduced with a species of ancient humans unknown to scientists, new research suggests.

Scientists know Europeans mated with Neanderthals and people in Oceania with Denisovans, but a new study published Wednesday in the peer-reviewed journal Science Advances found that genetic variation within West African populations is best explained by the presence of a new ancient human species altogether.

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Why our ancestors drilled holes in each other’s skulls

by Robin Wylie, BBC Earth

Thousands of years ago, people were performing a form of surgery called “trepanation” that involves boring holes through a person’s skull

For a large part of human prehistory, people around the world practised trepanation: a crude surgical procedure that involves forming a hole in the skull of a living person by either drilling, cutting or scraping away layers of bone with a sharp implement.

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