Genetic portrait of the English-speaking world

Genetic portrait of the English-speaking world

DNA studies of populations in Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand reflect thousands of years of Anglosphere history.

What 10 sets of ancient fingerprints tell us about the people who made them

What 10 sets of ancient fingerprints tell us about the people who made them

Archaeological artefacts tell us much about ancient people, but not much about the individual who made them. When an artefact bears a preserved fingerprint, it becomes personal.

Prehistoric empires – the geographic ranges of 5 human species

Prehistoric empires – the geographic ranges of 5 human species

Five range maps show the extent of the ’empires’ of 5 Homo species.

Amazing video – how 3 Maasai men stole food from 15 hungry lions without a fight

Amazing video – how 3 Maasai men stole food from 15 hungry lions without a fight

The cleverest strategies always involve winning without fighting. But they still require supreme courage, confidence and a clear head.

Great Apes in human history

Great Apes in human history

We were once part of a menagerie of human species, but for millennia have been alone. Rare encounters with our closest human-looking relatives became legend – and they still fascinate us today.

5 Exotic island populations descended from white settlers

5 Exotic island populations descended from white settlers

White settlers washed ashore on the world’s most remote islands in the 17th-19th centuries, on the run, in chains, or with a vision. The populations they created carry their genes, culture and surnames.

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Who do you look like? DNA and family resemblance across generations

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