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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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Scientists stunned as DNA analysis of bone fragment found in Russian cave reveals existence of a hitherto unknown ancestor

Chris Stringer: The tip of the iceberg in understanding of human history

This work provides an entirely new way of looking at human evolution in Asia

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Jumping Jack's alive and kicking

Steve Connor: The story of humans unravels

The story of human origins is a messy affair and it seems to get more complicated with every new discovery. It is now clear that the tidy idea of the first "out of Africa" migration about one million years ago is wrong – some of our human ancestors must have emerged from our ancestral homeland much earlier than that.

I Love You, Beth Cooper (15)

Chris Columbus has been the directorial hand behind some dire movies – Home Alone, Nine Months, Stepmom – but he at least tries something slightly different here, with a script by Larry Doyle that almost tips into raunchiness.

Britain's first works of art really rock

You don't need to go all the way to Australia to see stunning examples of rock art. Mark Rowe found plenty to explore right here in our own back yard

The secret life of sperm is unlocked

Infertile couples may be spared years of fruitless treatment with the discovery that the human egg can read the father's genetic key and screen out failures

Great Works: The Hall of the Bulls (1983)

Lascaux II, Montignac, Dordogne

Out of the Stone Age: Empowering a West Bank village

As the Americans embark on a new peace mission, Donald Macintyre reports from a West Bank village trapped by its history but now lit up with help from across the divide

After 35,000 years, erotic art for cavemen discovered

With its grotesquely exaggerated features, this could easily be the work of one of the 20th century's great figurative artists. But this voluptuous Venus was carved out of a mammoth's tusk more than 35,000 years ago.

Revealed: the face of the first European

35,000-year-old skull fragments found in Romania are made flesh by scientists

Enough, By John Naish

John Naish's thesis is that we in the affluent West have more than enough of what we need, yet cannot stop gorging ourselves, both literally and metaphorically.

Mark Steel: Why do people cling to the myth of the nuclear family?

We look back to the Stone Age and think it embodied 'traditional' values

Discovered in a tender embrace, the first known nuclear family

A Stone Age burial ground, where the bodies of adults and children lay together for thousands of years entwined in tender embraces, has provided the earliest evidence for the existence of the nuclear family.

The brainboxes born 1.2m years ago

Discovery of fossilised pelvis forces scientists to revise view of Homo erectus
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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

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