4-24-2018 sweating-woman-1165652

Persistence and perspiration: How sweating allowed humans to dominate other species

Millions of years ago, digestion consumed most of the calories we ate. These days, our brain takes 20 times more energy than ...
4-22-2018

Why your startle reflex is like an ‘exploitable data breach’

[T]he startle reflex might be an evolutionary point of origin for many of our most common human emotional expressions. When ...
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Podcast: Earth’s largest mammals were ‘downsized’ by human hunting

Over the past 125,000 years, the average size of mammals on the Earth has shrunk. And humans are to blame. That's ...
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Stronger understanding of evolution may counter science denialism

Science denialism can seem intractable, and studies on the topic are seldom encouraging. For example, research out of Yale Law ...
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Review: David Reich’s ‘Who We Are and How We Got Here’ fails to examine ethical issues around DNA research

In Who We Are and How We Got Here, David Reich gracefully describes how recent advances in genomics have enabled ...
4-19-2018 rove-beetle

The rove beetle may help us ‘answer questions about evolution’ other insects can’t

It is rare that a new organism is introduced as a model for study in biology, but Dr. [Joseph] Parker ...
4-19-2018 dog-fossils-found-at-two-burial-sites-in-illinois-show-that-the-domesticated-pups-lived-10000-years

Early North American settlers brought dogs more than 10,000 year ago

A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest ...
4-19-2018 questttt

Could humans be Earth’s second civilization?

“How do you know we’re the only time there’s been a civilization on our own planet?” [said Goddard Institute for ...
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Eating rare farm animal breeds could actually save them from extinction

When you think about Britain’s endangered animals, hedgehogs, small tortoiseshell butterflies and puffins may spring to mind. But rare breeds ...
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Uncovering ‘hidden stories of slavery’ in modern Latin American DNA

If you walked the cobblestone streets and bustling markets of 16th and 17th century Mexico City, you would see people ...
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Without solar superstorms, Earth could have been an uninhabitable gaseous ‘mini-Neptune’

Gigantic solar storms may have helped strip unwanted gases from the Earth’s atmosphere, while helping to seed its surface with ...
Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

When will our universe reach the point of maximum entropy? And what other possibilities exist for our universe in the ...
Transhumanism could push human evolution into hyperdrive. Should we embrace it?

Transhumanism could push human evolution into hyperdrive. Should we embrace it?

Some people believe that we can enhance human life through embracing biotechnology and genetic engineering, but should we? ...
4-12-2018 spy-ii-teeth

What fossilized teeth tell us about human evolution

Examining the fossil record through the lens of evolutionary developmental biology may help scientists reassess the evolutionary history of humans ...
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Can humans reproduce in space? NASA wants to know

If the thought of conceiving in space or the potential of one day giving birth there seem unimaginable and far-fetched ...
Traits of masculinity: What does it mean to ‘be a man’?

Traits of masculinity: What does it mean to ‘be a man’?

There are commonalities of human behavior that extend beyond any geographic or cultural boundary. Every known society has a sexual ...
Evolution of the eyebrow and why it's so important for communication

Evolution of the eyebrow and why it’s so important for communication

Modern humans might never have raised a quizzical eyebrow had Homo sapiens not lost the thick, bony brows of its ancient ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine based on white populations could ‘reinforce existing societal and economic inequalities’

Sequencing the human genome has shown us that we are mostly all made up of the same stuff, but it’s ...
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Discovery of ancient finger in Saudi Arabia suggests humans left Africa 20,000 years earlier than assumed

It’s just a lone, boney middle finger, but the scientists who found it say it’s the oldest directly dated fossil ...
Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

Trellises not trees: Human populations have split, reformed and remixed over millennia

The ingrained notion – that there has only ever been one species of human being, Homo sapiens – is a latterday fiction ...
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Analyzing Kevin MacDonald’s ‘Culture of Critique’ and the alt-right’s embrace of anti-Jewish ideology

The biblical commentator Rashi observes that in order for a falsehood to be successful, it has to contain at least ...
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About phosphorous and why extraterrestrial life may be a long shot

Phosphorus is an essential element for life — but that there was enough of it for life to start on ...
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Why humans and Neanderthals look so different

Compared to modern humans, Neanderthals had heavy eyebrows, huge noses, and large, long faces that bulged forward. Using 3D computer ...
4-5-2018 170330-centaurus-constellation-mn-1315_e25629845a6bc5ed671344c35117edbe.nbcnews-fp-1240-520

Searching for life in the universe: ‘We humans are probably not special’

The "exoplanet" revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien worlds. More ...
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How ‘number crunching’ and big data has transformed the study of fossils, evolution

The field of paleobiology has advanced paleontology by using big data to analyze the history of life ...
Why the cockroach is hard to kill—and what its genetics teaches us about adapting to environments

Why the cockroach is hard to kill—and what its genetics teaches us about adapting to environments

The second-largest genome ever sequenced belongs to a small but fascinating creature. Called “xiao qiang” or “little mighty” in China, ...
4-2-2018 darren naish

Review: Is evolution ‘God’s Word or Human Reason?’

Is there a contradiction between religion and an evolutionary, Old Earth view of the natural world? While this varies from ...
4-1-2018 Race_FINAL_shea_walsh_web

Viewpoint: Ignoring genetics threatens to make racial discussions ‘more extreme and divisive’

[A controversial op-ed] by David Reich, a professor of genetics at Harvard, [...] carefully advanced the case that there are genetic ...