8-9-2018 silver_fox_cub

Tamed foxes could help unravel complex genetics behind social behavior

[D]omestication, based purely on behavioral traits, can result in other changes — like curlier tails and changes to fur color ...
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Challenging our understanding of the genetics behind the evolution of human language

The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so ...
8-7-2018 080218_BB_rampasasa_feat

No link found between Flores Island pygmies and ancient ‘hobbits’ in study

Geneticist Serena Tucci sat in the small Indonesian village of Rampasasa on Flores Island, the only woman in a room full of ...
7-11-2018 animals_hero_chimpanzee

Can we learn about ourselves by studying chimpanzees? Not really.

Trying to go back to our animal roots sounds good in theory, but we can't truly find out what it ...
8-5-2018 SS2782276

Jack of all environments: Is this why Homo sapiens survived and thrived?

When paleoanthropologists and archaeologists define what makes our species unique, they usually focus on our use of symbolism and language, ...
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Ancient worms resurrected after spending more than 32,000 years on ice

A team of Russian scientists is lining themselves up to be the opening cast of a John Carpenter film. Earlier ...
We talk to our dogs. Do they understand the words we use?

We talk to our dogs. Do they understand the words we use?

Dogs know what 'get the ball' means, but do they truly understand what we say? ...
Paleocolor: What did dinosaurs look like? Shining a light on their true colors could illuminate behavior

Paleocolor: What did dinosaurs look like? Shining a light on their true colors could illuminate behavior

Long thought an impossible dream, the emerging field of palaeocolour is revolutionising our view of the prehistoric world, turning it from black-and-white ...
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Marrying your cousin? There may be evolutionary benefits

The taboo against cousin marriages may be overblown--and there may even be an evolutionary argument in support of it in ...
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Here’s why we now believe Neanderthals were able to create fire

New research shows that Neanderthals were able to start fires using stone tools. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, present ...
7-23-2018 africa-from-inside-human-ancestors-900x507

Uncovering ancient human footprints left on world’s coastlines

When preserved, footprints are a library of clues about a human’s activities, speed of travel, height, weight, and sometimes even ...
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Authenticity of Romanov remains confirmed through DNA analysis

Today [July 17] marks the 100th anniversary of the execution of Nicholas II and his family, an event that toppled ...
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Remnants of ancient society found in Ecuador’s cloud forest

In the 1850s, a team of botanists venturing into the cloud forest in the Quijos Valley of eastern Ecuador hacked their way ...
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Nimble human fingers evolved to smash animal bones in search for marrow

Scientists have long linked the evolution of the human hand—unique for its lengthy opposable thumbs and dexterous fingers—to the rise ...
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‘Evolution is aimless’: How else do we explain external testicles?

Evolution is a work in progress, so it’s hardly surprising that some of the features it has built into the ...
7-15-2018 Dev85UKVAAAxiKB

Challenging the story of our origin: Human traits had ‘patchwork emergence’ across Africa

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed Homo sapiens fossils were discovered ...
7-10-2018 Father’s-Day-Gift-Ideas-for-Kids-7

This 11-year-old girl inherited her genes almost entirely from one parent, her father

An 11-year-old girl from the Czech Republic was born with genes that came almost entirely from her father, instead of ...
7-11-2018 RTR32M3L

Don’t expect ‘instantaneous eureka moment’ in search for alien life

From War of the Worlds and Arrival to SETI and Stephen Hawking, both pop culture and scientists feed the expectation that the discovery of extraterrestrial life will ...
7-11-2018 ingentia-prima

‘Evolution of hugeness’: Massive dinosaurs appeared more than once in earth’s history

[T]he remains of an unusually-large-for-its-time dinosaur found in Argentina provides new insight into the evolution of hugeness—and suggest that the ...
7-10-2018 Ancient-Babylonian-Tablet

Not so optimized? Human evolution was ‘totally accidental’

Archaeologist Ticia Verveer recently posted a thread on Twitter showing that customer complaints go way back. And I mean way ...
7-8-2018 p03xsw49 (1)

Are we alone in the universe? ‘There is a pretty decent chance’

In the past, experts trying to make sense of the Fermi Paradox have looked to the Drake Equation to put a numeric ...
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Smarter than we thought: Neanderthals hunted in groups, ancient deer skeletons show

A group of Neanderthals used their hand-crafted wooden spears to kill two male fallow deer, both in the prime of ...
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What genetics tell us about the evolution of wolves to dogs

Who’s a good dog? The very first dogs, apparently, as a new genetic study reveals the sequence of events, begun ...
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Linked at last? 4-million-year-old skull connects humans to ‘Lucy’ ancestor

Long before Neanderthals or Homo erectus wandered the Earth, there lived an early human species called Australopithecus afarensis. Most famously represented by the specimen known ...
Carl Zimmer's new book walks us deep into the 'thickets of genetics and genomics'

Carl Zimmer’s new book walks us deep into the ‘thickets of genetics and genomics’

Our word for a diagram of the lines of descent—pedigree—is probably derived from the French pé de grue, or “crane’s foot,” ...
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Resurrecting the northern white rhino and other lost species. But at what cost?

Time has been called on the northern white rhinoceros, but this call is already being challenged. When the last male ...
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3 explanations for why we haven’t found aliens yet

[Enrico] Fermi wasn’t the first person to ask a variant of this question about alien intelligence. But he owns it ...
6-26-2018 organoid 2_16x9

‘Trying to recreate Neanderthal minds’ using minibrains

[R]esearch teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into "minibrains" that reflect the influence of ...