Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When
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Recent Discoveries Have Overhauled Our Picture of Where Humans Came From, And When

A display of a Homo naledi skeleton. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters As anthropologists have discovered new species of human ancestors, our understanding of human history has changed.By sequencing the genomes from our Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins, scientists have also gained new insight into the genetic origins of our species.As researchers make more of these breakthroughs, the puzzle of…

A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here’s why Earths might be common.
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A handful of recent discoveries has transformed our understanding of Earth-like planets in the galaxy. Here’s why Earths might be common.

A view of Earth taken at 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017 by the GOES-16 satellite. NOAA/NASA A handful of recent discoveries indicate that Earth-like planets are common in the Milky Way.NASA’s Kepler space telescope spurred new research into planets outside our solar system.There could be up to 10 billion Earth-like planets in our galaxy…