News A statue depicting a Neanderthal. Scientists have discovered that Neanderthal genes passed on to modern humans could affect our likelihood of developing auto-immune diseases.

The likelihood of people developing diseases including type two diabetes and Crohn's could be affected by genes inherited from Neanderthals

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Album: Jonny, Jonny (Turnstile)

Jonny is the new alliance between Teenage Fanclub's Norman Blake and Euros Childs from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, and judging by the whimsical bonhomie of songs like "Candyfloss" and "Wich Is Wich", the lyrics are mostly Childs' play.

Neanderthals could cook, study finds

Neanderthal cuisine was far more sophisticated than previously thought, according to a new analysis of fossilised teeth.

The Humans Who Went Extinct, By Clive Finlayson

This is one of those books where the cover tells all. It bears a picture of a woman who scrutinises us keenly. She is rough-hewn, dirty and unkempt but obviously intelligent. With a scrub, a hair-do and some clothes, she would not look out of place in a street market, a factory or, indeed, a newspaper office. She is a Neanderthal.

Finger length reveals sexual promiscuity in Stone Age

Early human ancestors were probably more sexually promiscuous than present-day societies if a study of the finger lengths of fossilised bones is to be believed.

Stone Age man milled flour

Early humans may have begun to move away from a largely meat-eating diet 20,000 years earlier than previously thought. A study of stone-grinding tools at sites in Italy, Russia and the Czech Republic has found evidence that humans were milling flour 30,000 years ago.

Neanderthals 'had sense of compassion'

The days of using the term "Neanderthal" as an insult may be on the way out as research published today shows the early humans had a deep-seated sense of compassion.

Hughes: Tories who oppose voting reform are Neanderthals

Fresh tensions at the top of the coalition erupted last night last night as a senior Liberal Democrat branded their Conservative coalition partners "Neanderthals" who had not "arrived in the 21st century".

Archaeologists discover Britain's oldest home

Archaeologists have found Britain's earliest house - constructed by Stone Age tribesmen around 11,000 years ago. The discovery is likely to change the way archaeologists view that early period.

Discovered: Stone Age man's morning after the night before

Archaeologists in Wiltshire have discovered remarkable evidence of a spectacular party – enjoyed by Neolithic tribesmen 4,500 years ago.

Flint findings in Kent reveal new era of prehistory

Archaeologists have discovered a previously unknown epoch in British pre-history when Stone Age hunters re-entered Britain after an absence of up to 90,000 years – because of climatically induced sea-level changes which turned the English Channel into dry land.

Leading article: A new stone age

Years ago, it was common to laugh at the spectacle of pop singers still plying their trade after they had tottered over the threshold of old age and hit a ripe-sounding 40. How quaint that idea of antiquity appears in retrospect, as Mick Jagger and the rest of the Stones – a band with an average age close to 70 – subject the country to a merciless media blitz in connection with the re-release of their album Exile on Main Street.

Babel (words), Sadler's Wells, London

Flemish-Moroccan choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is known for his collaborations. He's recently worked with Akram Khan, with Shaolin Temple monks, with the sculptor Antony Gormley. Gormley is back for Babel (words): Cherkaoui's multi-cultural cast argue in a mix of languages, framed by steel Gormley shapes that suggest towers or cages.

Neanderthals 'bred with early humans'

Scientists discover genes from primitive species in 21st-century DNA
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