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12-5-2018 siberian-rhino-sh-jef-181127_hpMain_4x3_992

DNA analysis shows ‘everyone had been wrong’ about mysterious Siberian unicorn

It didn't look much like the dainty unicorns of myth and legend, but the extinct unicorn of Siberia is even ...
12-6-2018 evolisliesign

Is evolution denial an attempt to ‘make humans special’?

Evolutionary biology has always been controversial. Not controversial among biologists, but controversial among the general public. This is largely because ...
12-4-2018 kokiselei5-56a0223c5f9b58eba4af1dc0

‘Interesting puzzle’ created by hand tools found near long-vanished Arabian rivers

Nearly 200,000 years ago, at the confluence of two long-vanished river systems in the heart of Arabia, people climbed a ...
12-3-2018 neaderthal

Startling discovery: Ancient mixed-race girl had Neanderthal and Denisovan parents

[T]ens of thousands of years ago, modern humans encountered Denisovans – and had sex with them. It is a startling ...
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What martyred Thomas Becket and his holy lice can teach us about evolution

It’s a tale of murder, sex, and vermin. And gorillas. Reader discretion advised ...
11-29-2018 Neanderthal-human-interbreeding

Human, Neanderthal mating was more than just a ‘one night stand’, study suggests

Once upon a time, prehistoric humans and our ancient Neanderthal cousins met and procreated. Except, that ‘once upon a time’ ...
Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies.Traditional and contemporary ...
11-28-2018 186589_web

Why humans may not be to blame for ancient African mammal extinction

New research has disputed a longstanding view that early humans helped wipe out many of the large mammals that once ...
11-27-2018 can-scientists-clone-a-woolly-mammoth-should-theys-featured-photo

5 things we know about ancient woolly mammoths

Here are some of the latest insights into daily lives and eventual disappearance of the prehistoric proboscidean: 1. Mammoth diets ...
evolution 11 29 18

Why teaching evolution is still difficult in many public schools

[November 12] marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Epperson vs. Arkansas, which struck down the state’s ...
11-19-2018 ancientflowe

Why Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ may not be all that mysterious

For 140 years, scientists have been trying to explain what Charles Darwin described as “an abominable mystery”. Darwin was bothered by evidence ...
11-19-2018 tree-life-evolution-hemimastigotes

This tiny creature gives us a ‘completely new branch on the tree of life’

Canadian scientists have identified microscopic creatures that are so unlike anything seen before, they had to create an entirely new ...
11-17-2018 neanderthal

Neanderthals and humans lived equally ‘risky, stressful lives’

Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our ...
11-1-2018 Giraffes_ZN

Genes and giraffes: What do those spots tell us?

Giraffes' spotty exterior provides more than camouflage ...
11-16-2018 Poto, mystery Jamaican mammal, possibly Xenothrix

How DNA tests solved the mystery of this strange, now-extinct monkey

For nearly 100 years, scientists haven’t been able to agree on the evolutionary origins of a strange, now-extinct monkey that ...
11-14-2018 hybrid-bird

Three bird species in one? Inside a warbler’s puzzling DNA

A Pennsylvania birder spotted the bird of a lifetime in his backyard this past spring—it was a hybrid of three ...
Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin's belief that mutations are random and neutral

Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin’s belief that mutations are random and neutral

When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he ...
How plants have shaped the course of human history

How plants have shaped the course of human history

Quinine (Scientific name: Cinchona) is a plant that has influenced the course of human history. Used for centuries by the indigenous ...
precambria 11 4 18

Resurrecting Earth’s ancient enzymes in quest to make more effective drugs and chemicals

In the 1990 Michael Crichton novel "Jurassic Park," scientists resurrect extinct species, with disastrous, page-turning consequences. But what if the ...
'Blinding speed': How an ice age led to the populating of the Americas

‘Blinding speed’: How an ice age led to the populating of the Americas

Tens of thousands of years ago, two gigantic ice sheets smothered the northernmost parts of what has since been named ...
11-8-2018 Neanderthal-language

Did Neanderthals have their own language?

Did Neanderthals have language? Before trying to answer that, I should admit my bias: I’m team Neanderthal. As an anthropologist ...
'Deep learning' sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

‘Deep learning’ sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

Each person’s genome contains three billion building blocks called nucleotides, and researchers must compile data from thousands of people to ...
11-5-2018 download (6)

Why we should search for alien life within our own Solar System

By examining interstellar asteroids and comets up close, argues Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, we might be able to tell whether ...
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Search for extraterrestrial life could be hampered by drama surrounding NASA’s telescope dreams

For nearly 20 years, NASA has been planning and constructing a telescope unlike any ever built before: the James Webb ...
soup 11 7 18

Peering back in time: Engineered synthetic organisms could help answer key evolutionary questions

Evolution is the accepted explanation for life's diversity today, but there are still some holes in the process that we ...
11-6-2018 oumuamua-asteroid-space-ESO-1120

Is ‘interstellar visitor’ an alien probe? ‘We should be appropriately skeptical’

One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua ...
10-31-2018 archaeologists-find-300000-year-old-tools-in-desert-of-Saudi-Arabia

300,000-year-old stone tools found in Saudi Arabian desert could shed light on human migration out of Africa

Stone tools unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s inhospitable Nefud Desert indicate that members of our genus Homo had ventured beyond the ...
mars 11 6 18

Was life on Earth ‘just a lucky accident’? Next Mars mission will drill for answers

American rocket engineers are being urged to push their next Mars mission to the limits of technological performance. Space scientists have ...