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Were the mythical ‘ebu gogo’ creatures of New Zealand distant human relatives?

An ancient legend from the Indonesian island of Flores speaks of a mysterious, wild grandmother of the forest who eats ...
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Modern Africans have more Neanderthal ancestry than previously thought, study says

Modern Africans have an average of 17 megabases of Neanderthal DNA in their genomes, according to an analysis published [January ...
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‘They weren’t just surviving’: Gibraltar caves give unprecedented peek into daily lives of last Neanderthals

Neanderthals were a resilient group. They existed for about 200,000 years longer than we modern humans (Homo sapiens) have been ...
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Podcast: One of the most infamous fakes in biology? How Ernst Haeckel’s disputed embryo images sows confusion about evolution

Kat Arney takes a closer look at some of the most controversial images in science - Ernst Haeckel's illustrations of ...
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Can DNA predict who might be a mass murderer?

There have been repeated attempts over the past 50 years to find genetic links to criminal behavior or mass murderers ...
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‘Intrepid explorers’: Neanderthals hunted their way across thousands of miles in Europe

Neandertals were epic wanderers. These ancient hominids took a 3,000- to 4,000-kilometer hike from Eastern Europe to the Altai Mountains ...
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Ancient mummy ‘speaks’ with reconstructed vocal tract

David Howard at Royal Holloway, University of London, and his colleagues have reconstructed the vocal tract of Nesyamun, a priest ...
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‘Spoken language doesn’t leave fossils’: Did human’s ability to speak arise in an instantaneous hominin mutation?

Linguist Noam Chomsky suggested that a mutation in a single ancient ancestor gave rise to human language today ...
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Was Darwin wrong about ‘survival of the fittest’? Collaboration may be just as natural as competition

To put it simply, we have let Darwinism set the horizon of possibility for human behavior. Competition has become a ...
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DNA from 4 ancient children shed light on diversity of humankind’s African origins

Four ancient youngsters, one pair from around 8,000 years ago and another from about 3,000 years ago, have opened a ...
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No ancient ‘Garden of Eden’? Humans likely evolved all over Africa

The evolution and spread of Homo sapiens is perhaps one of the greatest mysteries in all of science. Until recently, it was ...
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Global temperature modeling suggests dinosaurs were wiped out by asteroid strike

A massive asteroid impact is likely to blame for the extinction event that marks the end of the Cretaceous period, ...
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Interbreeding with Neanderthals, Denisovans gave us an evolutionary boost, study says

When Homo sapiens left Africa and encountered the Homo neanderthalensis in Europe, the two ancient hominins did the obvious thing and had sex with ...
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If we started again from scratch, would life on Earth evolve the same way?

Evolution is often seen as a mysterious process, but it’s actually predictable, and if life on Earth evolved again it ...
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We’ve been dealing with measles for at least 2,000 years, genetic analysis suggests

In the 10th century, Persian physician Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Razi wrote about patients with fever, anxiety and full-body rashes — ...
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Bizarre deep sea microbe could help explain origins of ‘animals, plants, fungi and humans’

Two billion years ago, simple cells gave rise to far more complex cells. Biologists have struggled for decades to learn ...
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Extinct human ancestor Homo erectus evolved in Africa—not Asia—new fossil study suggests

Homo erectus reached the Indonesian island of Java at some point between 1.3 million to 1.5 million years ago, according ...
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How did early humans avoid being wiped out by tuberculosis?

Tuberculosis is responsible for as many as one billion deaths in the last 200 years alone, but its murderous history ...
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Can we add ‘cooking’ to the list of things that drove human evolution?

Theories about the driving forces of evolutionary differentiation that separated us from our ape relatives are not lacking. Toolmaking, predisposition to ...
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Past decade taught us how wrong we were about human evolution, including when our ancestors left Africa

In recent years, anthropologists around the world have discovered new human ancestors, figured out what happened to the Neanderthals, and pushed ...
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Podcast: Why some of the most iconic images and stories depicting evolution are wrong

Kat Arney tackles the myths and misconceptions around two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology: the 'March of ...
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Teaching evolution to college students with creationist views requires innovative approaches

University instructors employ a variety of methods when teaching evolution in classes in which large numbers of students reject the ...
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Deeper understanding of our ‘sense of touch’ could lead to better prostheses

Imagine you’re holding a pen by the tip-side in between your thumb and index finger. You close your eyes and ...
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‘Chilling’ solution to Fermi paradox: Are intelligent life forms destined to destroy themselves?

If we compress the history of the universe into a single year, Earth and our solar system formed around Labor ...
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Genetic analysis reshapes our understanding of when humans first arrived in North America

For more than half a century, the prevailing story of how the first humans came to the Americas went like ...
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How whales got so big eating tiny krill. And why they don’t get bigger

Pound for pound, the blue whale’s reign is indisputable. At around 100 feet long and 100 tons in size, these ...
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Prehistoric ‘chewing gum’ contains Neolithic girl’s DNA, allowing scientists to reconstruct her face

Scientists in Denmark have squeaked out an entire human genome from a prehistoric piece of “chewing gum.” Made from birch ...
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Podcast: Latest discoveries in genetics, archaeology reveal early history of the British people

What's the real story behind the romantic myths about the Celts? And what can modern genetic and anthropological techniques tell ...