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Giant dinosaurs trace their evolution to global warming during the early Jurassic period 180 million years ago

Sauropods were truly amazing animals, and included the largest land-living animals known, with body lengths of up to 40 meters ...
De-extinction: Why CRISPR gene editing might be the most revolutionary development in science ever

De-extinction: Why CRISPR gene editing might be the most revolutionary development in science ever

Called “de-extinction,” the resurrection of lost species is one of the many applications to be revolutionized by the new gene-editing ...
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Are Sudanese Arabs?

Sudan, once the largest and one of the most geographically diverse states in Africa, split into two countries in July ...
Last surviving white giraffe, a genetic anomaly, fitted with GPS tracker to deter poachers

Last surviving white giraffe, a genetic anomaly, fitted with GPS tracker to deter poachers

The unique male [white] giraffe now stands alone after a female and her calf were killed by poachers in March. [A] ...
Charles Darwin proposed the theory of life’s watery creation 100 years ahead of everyone else

Charles Darwin proposed the theory of life’s watery creation 100 years ahead of everyone else

Darwin never wrote about how life began in his books, but he did speculate about it in private. The key ...
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Our Stone Age ancestors thrived on ‘chunks of meat,’ but plants were just as key to their survival

Early humans wouldn't be able to survive without glucose from plants ...
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When humans evolved selfishness

There has long been a general assumption that human beings are essentially selfish. We’re apparently ruthless, with strong impulses to ...
‘A million years of memory and history, biology and psychology’: The science behind what makes the dog-human bond so unique

‘A million years of memory and history, biology and psychology’: The science behind what makes the dog-human bond so unique

In a minute or two, Winston will choose. And in that moment will be a million years of memory and ...
Planet of the Apes redux? Human brain gene inserted into monkey fetuses enlarged their brains, raising ethical concerns

Planet of the Apes redux? Human brain gene inserted into monkey fetuses enlarged their brains, raising ethical concerns

Researchers from Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Germany and Japan’s Central Institute for Experimental ...
‘Already facing extinction’: Recently discovered leaf-eating Popa langur species down to 200 monkeys

‘Already facing extinction’: Recently discovered leaf-eating Popa langur species down to 200 monkeys

Langurs are a group of leaf-eating monkeys that are found across south east Asia. The newly described animal is known ...
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To the victor go the spoils: How Homo sapiens prevailed in battles for survival with Neanderthals

Around 600,000 years ago, humanity split in two. One group stayed in Africa, evolving into us. The other struck out ...
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How long do most mammal species survive before going extinct?

How long do species usually last before they go extinct? It turns out the answer we find now could be ...
How evolution could thwart the new COVID vaccines and what we can do to prevent that

How evolution could thwart the new COVID vaccines and what we can do to prevent that

The first drug against HIV brought dying patients back from the brink. But as excited doctors raced to get the ...
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Scientists reconstructed fox-sized dinosaur ‘pea brain’

According to [a] new study, Buriolestes schultzi’s brain had an elongated shape and weighed about 1.5 grams, as much as a ...
Males=hunters, females=gatherers? Not so fast. Many early big-game hunters were women, research suggests

Males=hunters, females=gatherers? Not so fast. Many early big-game hunters were women, research suggests

In 2018, during archaeological excavations at a high-altitude site called Wilamaya Patjxa in what is now Peru, researchers found an ...
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Debating the prickly notion of identity: It’s different depending on your ideology

In 2020, much of the public discussion of social issues revolves around notions of identity. Ideas about race, reformulations of ...
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What did a teenage girl look like 9,000 years ago? Here is her face, reconstructed from bone fragments found in a cave in Greece

Swedish sculptor Oscar Nilsson reconstructed the face of an 18-year-old young woman, dubbed Avgi, whose 9,000-year-old bones were found in ...
Biologist Emily Willingham explores humans’ obsession with animal penises in “Phallacy”

Biologist Emily Willingham explores humans’ obsession with animal penises in “Phallacy”

The organ appears in religious texts, laws, daily speech and even in photos sent, often uninvited, to people’s phones. But ...
Dogs and humans migrated together across the ancient world, DNA evidence shows

Dogs and humans migrated together across the ancient world, DNA evidence shows

Dogs are one of the biggest enigmas of domestication. Despite decades of study, scientists still haven’t figured out when or where ...
Extinct Denisovans – modern human cousins – may have contributed genes to high-altitude adaptations seen in Tibetans

Extinct Denisovans – modern human cousins – may have contributed genes to high-altitude adaptations seen in Tibetans

[A] cave on the Tibetan Plateau was once home to Denisovans, an ancient species of humans whose remains had previously ...
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Viewpoint: Social science dogma claims gender roles shape human sex differences but most theories as to why fall short

Scholarly debate over the magnitude and origin of human sex differences is seemingly interminable. As one might imagine, the arguments ...
Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

Bog bodies of Europe: 2500-year-old, naturally preserved humans provide astonishing insight into ancient cultures

The peat bogs of Ireland, Denmark, the U.K. and other European countries have yielded human remains for well over a ...
Who let the dogs out: When and how were dogs first domesticated?

Who let the dogs out: When and how were dogs first domesticated?

We still don’t know exactly when or where dog domestication first happened; it already had a pretty complex history by ...
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Interactive pet calculator: How old is my dog in human years?

The average life expectancy of humans is about 70 years and that of dogs is about 10. For this reason, ...
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Like humans, chimpanzees focus on fewer, more meaningful friendships as they age

Young adults maintain many friendships, but as people grow older, they tend to winnow that group down to a select ...
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Experiencing happiness likely contributed to the dramatic growth and complexity of the human brain

The neocortex enables us to speak, dream and think. In search of the causes underlying neocortex expansion, researchers at the ...
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Evolution’s ‘great leap forward’: When did humans cross the intelligence rubicon?

When did something like us first appear on the planet? It turns out there’s remarkably little agreement on this question ...
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Interactive: How Pomeranians, Poodles, Great Danes and 158 other dog breeds are genetically related to each other

In the mid-18th century there was a period of intense innovation and codification in dog breeding, giving rise not only ...
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