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Adapting to Pregnancy Played Key Role in Human Evolution, Study Shows

The human spine evolved differently in males and females in order to alleviate back pressure from the weight of carrying a baby, according to research spearheaded at The University of Texas at Austin.

Most Ancient Case of Tuberculosis Found in 500,000-Year-Old Human; Evidence Suggests Vitamin D Deficiency Endangers Migrating Populations

Most Ancient Case of Tuberculosis Found in 500,000-Year-Old Human; Evidence Suggests Vitamin D Deficiency Endangers Migrating Populations

Although most scientists believe tuberculosis emerged only several thousand years ago, new research from The University of Texas at Austin reveals the most ancient evidence of the disease has been found in a 500,000-year-old human fossil from Turkey.

Researchers Underscore Limitations of Genetic Ancestry Tests, Urge Caution When Interpreting Results

Although many people rely on commercially available genetic tests for insights into their ancestry, the tests have significant limitations, according to Deborah Bolnick, assistant professor of anthropology at The University of Texas at Austin.