Improved Estimates of DNA’s Mutation Rate Paint Clearer Picture of Human Prehistory

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Reconstruction of Homo heidelbergensis

Since the 1960s, DNA has changed the story of human ancestry. Some studies have shown that all modern humans are descended from ancestors who lived in Africa 100,000 years ago. Some new findings suggest that key events in human evolution contradict archeology.

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Giant Oligocene Kairuku Penguins Stood Nearly Five Feet Tall

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Paleontologists have reconstructed a model of the Kairuku penguin that stood almost 4 feet 6 inches in height in what’s now New Zealand. The Kairuku penguin lived approximately 25 million years ago, in the Oligocene epoch, in the Chattian age.

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