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DNA was just retrieved and sequenced from a 400,000-year-old representative of Homo heidelbergensis. | Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films
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What Our Ancestors Looked Like: Photos

DNA analysis and new archaeological finds are allowing scientists to more accurately recreate what our early ancestors looked like.

December 4, 2013
1:00 PM EST
Homo heidelbergensis next to a Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon Human. | SINC / José Antonio Penas
Neanderthal brains focused more on vision and movement, leaving less room for cognition related to social skills. | Corbis
A model of Homo floresiensis, also known as the "Hobbit Human." | Tim Evanson, Flickr
An illustration of "Upright Man," a.k.a. Homo erectus. | Tim Evanson, Flickr
A forensic facial reconstruction of Cro-magnon man. | Cicero Moraes, Wikimedia Commons