This Week in Science

In Science this week, a team of Italian researchers reports on the results of a study of mitochondrial DNA obtained from the teeth of ancient humans, giving new insights into the downfall of Neanderthals in Europe. The Protoaurignacian culture appeared in southwestern and south-central Europe around 42,000 years ago, but it has been unclear whether it is the result of anatomically modern humans or the Neanderthals they soon replaced.

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An artificial intelligence-based analysis suggests a third group of ancient hominins likely interbred with human ancestors, according to Popular Mechanics.

In Science this week: reduction in bee phylogenetic diversity, and more.

The New York Times Magazine looks into paleogenomics and how it is revising what's know about human history, but also possibly ignoring lessons learned by archaeologists.

The Economist reports on Synthorx's efforts to use expanded DNA bases they generated to develop a new cancer drug.