A finger bone found in Siberia belonged not to a neanderthal, not to a human, but to a previously unknown close relative of both. DNA analysis shows the Denisovans are different, but interbred with humans.
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Speaking of near-humans, just for laughs, check out the hairy chin monkey. He's ready for a kiss!
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We know that the webcomic xkcd is influential. Yesterday, Black Hat guy entered an imaginative coupon code while ordering online. Think Geek is accepting the code. (via The Daily What)
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The Best Viral Videos of 2010: A Retrospective. Even if you aren't familiar with all of them, Videogum has composed a pleasing mashup that stands up on its own.
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We thought the Coelacanth was extinct until a fisherman caught one in 1938. A museum curator had it mounted by a taxidermist because there was no other way to preserve such a large specimen. (via Boing Boing)
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The children of St. Paul's Church of New Zealand acted out the Nativity on video. They stuck to the basic story, but their performances (and accents) are more than adorable.
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Dust Ball: The Vacuum Of The Future. Or possibly the greatest cat toy ever invented. Either way, I want one!
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Where Candy Canes Come From. Of course, they come from Santa's workshop at the North Pole, but this post is about the history of candy canes.