In the first part of a review of pathogens in human origins, I examine a sampling of infectious diseases in people today and their diverse origins.
A 33,000-year-old case of an amputated leg prompts comparisons to earlier Neandertal instances of amputation.
Research on ancient genomes has moved way beyond population mixture into broader questions about how ancient people lived and interacted with their environments.
New research suggests that herpes simplex virus 2 may have invaded ancient humans from chimpanzees sometime after 1.6 million years ago.
He described the destruction of Indigenous peoples as the result of a “mysterious agency” but saw the evidence of infectious disease firsthand.