The Contours of our Story

[Readers of the Silverback Digest should know by now that the story of our evolutionary development is of particular interest, and it's a story that is changing rapidly. When I was a boy, the story of where we came from was largely mumbo-jumbo and biblical magic. The horizon of the past extended just a few... Continue Reading →

Neanderthals died out 40,000 years ago, but there has never been more of their DNA on Earth

Published: August 31, 2022 12.40pm EDT in The Conversation Academic rigor, journalistic flair authors: Peter C. Kj√¶rgaard Professor of Evolutionary History and Director, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen Mark Maslin Professor of Earth System Science, UCL Trine Kellberg Nielsen Associate Professor, Department of Archeology and Heritage Studies, Aarhus University Neanderthals... Continue Reading →


The Revolutionary Genius of Neanderthals Our often-ridiculed ancestors were capable of abstract thought. They deserve some respect. STEPHEN E. NASH / 18 JAN 2017 For the last dozen years or so, Geico Insurance has run commercials featuring Neanderthals in modern contexts. The story line varies, but the take-home point does not: Switching to Geico is so easy that... Continue Reading →

The Missing Link is Getting Less Missing

40,000-year-old sealed cavern in Gibraltar gives new insight into Neanderthal life (photo credit: JON NAZCA/ REUTERS) Vanguard Cave is one of four caves that make up the famous Rock of Gibraltar and a nine-year-excavation project led researchers to a sealed chamber with evidence of long-gone Neanderthal life inside. [Although Homo Sapiens is a relative newcomer... Continue Reading →

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