Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Prehistoric men hunted and women gathered? New evidence suggests that’s too simple

Archeological evidence from Peru has revealed that some ancient big-game hunters were, in fact, women, challenging what science writer James ...
Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

Are humans wired by evolution to be couch potatoes? This evolutionary biologist believes so

A professor at Harvard and a keen marathoner – sometimes barefoot – [Daniel Liberman’s] life’s work in evolutionary biology makes ...
Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Our ‘evolutionary superhighway’: How the brain connects smells and memories

Whereas other sensory systems are thought to have been re-routed during human evolution, [a new] study suggests that olfactory-hippocampal functional ...
Humans are water-saving apes? Homo sapiens’ ability to run on less water may have driven our evolution

Humans are water-saving apes? Homo sapiens’ ability to run on less water may have driven our evolution

Our bodies are constantly losing water: when we sweat, go to the bathroom, even when we breathe. That water needs ...
One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in human history, responsible for the deaths of about a billion people in the ...
A protein inherited from Neanderthals may offer limited protection against COVID-19

A protein inherited from Neanderthals may offer limited protection against COVID-19

Recent advances in proteomic technology - that is, the capacity to isolate and measure hundreds of circulating proteins at once ...
What did Lucy and the Taung child look like? Early human ancestors get reconstructed faces

What did Lucy and the Taung child look like? Early human ancestors get reconstructed faces

For the reconstructions of Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis), the oldest and most complete human ancestor when researchers discovered her 3.2 million-year-old ...
10 body parts humans lost to evolution

10 body parts humans lost to evolution

Like other plants and creatures, the human body is the result of millions of years of natural selection. The body ...
Virus wars: The evolutionary battle between humans and COVID-19

Virus wars: The evolutionary battle between humans and COVID-19

The past (horrible, tragic, no-good, very bad) year might have seemed like a straightforward battle between scientists and a virus ...
'We humans might never have evolved': Chance is the central narrative of human evolution

‘We humans might never have evolved’: Chance is the central narrative of human evolution

Prince Hamlet spent a lot of time pondering the nature of chance and probability in William Shakespeare’s tragedy. In the ...
‘Hunting brains’: How and why early human brains more than doubled in size

‘Hunting brains’: How and why early human brains more than doubled in size

In recent years, more and more evidence has been accumulated to the effect that humans were a major factor in ...
‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

‘Quest for deliciousness’: How hunger for tasty food drove human evolution

Human evolution and exploration of the world were shaped by a hunger for tasty food – “a quest for deliciousness” ...
Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

Cloned ferret Elizabeth Ann and the future of conservation: The promises and perils of biotechnology

From Borneo to Britain, it’s the scientific breakthrough that captured the world’s attention. No, not the Perseverance rover landing on ...
Evolution of language: Did Neanderthals have the ability to speak?

Evolution of language: Did Neanderthals have the ability to speak?

The evolution of language, and the linguistic capacities in Neanderthals in particular, is a long-standing question in human evolution.  "For ...
Our early human ancestors may have climbed trees and swung along branches like chimpanzees

Our early human ancestors may have climbed trees and swung along branches like chimpanzees

When Texas A&M University’s Cody Prang was taking his first biological anthropology course as an undergraduate at the University of ...
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COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

COVID variant warning: Brazil P.1 variant infects many who had recovered, devastating Manaus

B.1.1.7, first identified in Britain, has demonstrated the power to spread far and fast. In South Africa, a mutant called ...
Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Video: Humans have lost many genes over the course of our evolution. Here’s how they helped define us

Our DNA holds thousands of dead genes and we’ve only just begun to unravel their stories. But one thing is ...
‘Friendship, family and culture’: Surprising evolution-based attributes that dolphins share with humans

‘Friendship, family and culture’: Surprising evolution-based attributes that dolphins share with humans

Scientists like Dr Blake Morton, a Lecturer of Psychology from the University of Hull, suggest that [personality similarities across species] ...
Cancer dates back millions of years. Now we are cracking its evolutionary code

Cancer dates back millions of years. Now we are cracking its evolutionary code

Cancer cells are on a continual evolutionary journey of mutation and proliferation, creating a genetically diverse population with a range ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

Video: Here’s why COVID mutant variants are spreading so fast

As highly transmissible coronavirus variants sweep across the world, scientists are racing to understand why these new versions of the ...
Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 'cold spot'? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Part 2: Why is Africa the global COVID-19 ‘cold spot’? — The historical challenge of disentangling genes and environment

Does greater prior exposure to pathogens, including other recent coronaviruses, help explain why Africa is a COVID-19 cold spot, despite ...
Why did humans survive while our Denisovan and Neanderthal cousins died out? Just one gene could have made all the difference

Why did humans survive while our Denisovan and Neanderthal cousins died out? Just one gene could have made all the difference

Stem cells, the self-renewing precursors of other cell types, can be used to build brain organoids [or] "mini brains" in ...
Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

Skeletal muscle comprises fast-twitch (white) fibers that fatigue quickly and slow-twitch (red) fibers that are more resistant to fatigue. The ...
A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

A complicated legacy: Reassessing Darwin‘s views on race and gender 150 years after the ‘The Descent of Man’

Darwin was a liberal, and an abolitionist, perhaps influenced by his taxidermy tutor in Edinburgh, a Guyanese man called John ...
COVID evolution: ‘What other variants might be out there?’

COVID evolution: ‘What other variants might be out there?’

Tracking the subtle changes to the virus’ RNA is like global detective work, requiring health officials around the world to ...
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