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If You’re Interested In Human Evolution, You Need to Know About the Denisovans

So here’s a 10-minute video from Pique. Denisovans are a hominin group, some remains of whom were discovered in the 1970s in or near Russia. Modern native Tibetans share at least one gene with the Denisovans, a gene that helps them tolerate hypoxia (low tissue levels of oxygen).

Were Hominins Eating Grains 3 Million Years Ago?

A guest blogger at Discover magazine tackles some recent evidence that our hominin ancestors ate more grain than we might think. Her conclusion:

So while there remains little doubt that many modern humans eat too much sugar and processed foods, these studies show that identifying a particular “paleo” diet is impossible. Researchers are just beginning to understand what ancient humans ate, and these recent studies show that grasses and grains have been part of the human diet for millions of years.

Read the rest. You may find the comments interesting.