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Ethiopians can live and work more than a mile and a half above sea level without getting acute mountain sickness, despite breathing lower pressure air with lower levels of oxygen. This is because they have a gene adaptation that keeps their haemoglobin levels lower, reducing their risk of stroke. This is a different adaptation to that seen in Tibetans

Read the original article in PLoS Genetics.

A fossil foot found in Ethiopia suggests that one of our ancestors was walking there around 3.4 million years ago.  It’s not clear what species of hominid this was, but it’s not Australopithecus afarensis, also known as ‘Lucy’.

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