Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

Lagging global vaccine rollout could open the door to more mutant strains, complicating recovery

The virus continues to spread rapidly in many parts of the world, even as segments of the population have gained ...
‘Dark angels of evolution, terrific and terrible’: How viruses have shaped evolution, for better or for worse

‘Dark angels of evolution, terrific and terrible’: How viruses have shaped evolution, for better or for worse

[Many] viruses bring adaptive benefits, not harms, to life on Earth, including ours. We couldn’t continue without them. We wouldn’t ...
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Why cousin marriages can wreak genetic havoc on children

The link between cousin marriages and genetic disorders in offspring is a growing problem in several countries ...
Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Could vaccines accelerate the evolution of more dangerous mutant COVID variants?

Some scientists have argued that it would be better to use the scarce vaccines to give first doses to as ...
Hundreds of novel coronaviruses likely lurking in animal species around the world

Hundreds of novel coronaviruses likely lurking in animal species around the world

[New research] identifies hundreds of animal species that may become infected with known coronaviruses, although many of these infections haven't ...
'GUYnecology’ and ‘Phallacy’: Two new books take on the ups and downs of male appendages

‘GUYnecology’ and ‘Phallacy’: Two new books take on the ups and downs of male appendages

It can stretch up to nine times your body length (if you’re a barnacle); be a detachable tentacle covered in ...
Video: The saga of how humans developed the ability to talk

Video: The saga of how humans developed the ability to talk

The evolution of our ability to speak is its own epic saga and it’s worth pausing to appreciate that. It’s ...
Human evolutionary timeline: Key moments in the emergence of our species

Human evolutionary timeline: Key moments in the emergence of our species

The long evolutionary journey that created modern humans began with a single step—or more accurately—with the ability to walk on ...
Methusalah dogs are pushing the boundaries of cognitive science

Methusalah dogs are pushing the boundaries of cognitive science

Living with people means dogs experience near-identical social and environmental influences on a daily basis. They show off a host ...
Who are you calling bird-brained? Crows and other corvids display self-awareness and consciousness

Who are you calling bird-brained? Crows and other corvids display self-awareness and consciousness

The corvid family of birds, which includes crows, ravens, jays and magpies, had been observed previously to use tools, as ...
Life on Earth originated on Mars? Here’s the intriguing case

Life on Earth originated on Mars? Here’s the intriguing case

Though the idea that life started on Mars before migrating on Earth sounds like some far-fetched sci-fi premise, many renowned ...
Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Infographic: How dangerous COVID mutant strains develop

Sometime in 2019, probably in China, SARS CoV-2 figured out a way to interact with a specific "spike" on the ...
Viewpoint: Toxic masculinity vs. toxic femininity — An evolutionary view

Viewpoint: Toxic masculinity vs. toxic femininity — An evolutionary view

History bears testimony to the danger of demonising groups of people based on their immutable characteristics. Not only did this ...
How years of ‘prolonged immaturity’ as babies provide humans with an evolutionary advantage

How years of ‘prolonged immaturity’ as babies provide humans with an evolutionary advantage

[H]uman babies, as well as the young of many other species of mammals and birds, require months or years of ...
Why cooperation based on reciprocity is unique to humans

Why cooperation based on reciprocity is unique to humans

It has long been known that human cooperation is so successful in large part because of our reciprocity. We help ...
Is art an evolutionary adaptation?

Is art an evolutionary adaptation?

In his book The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature, [evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey] Miller expands ...
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Birds of play? How social engagement plays a role in brain development in birds, and maybe humans

Birds of play? How social engagement plays a role in brain development in birds, and maybe humans

Have you ever seen magpies play-fighting with one another, or rolling around in high spirits? Or an apostlebird running at full speed with a ...
Newly identified chimp pathogen found to be 100% fatal. Could it jump to humans?

Newly identified chimp pathogen found to be 100% fatal. Could it jump to humans?

[A deadly disease killing chimpanzees in a Sierra Leone sanctuary is] caused by a newly discovered species of bacterium and ...
CRISPR ‘mini-brains’ made from Neanderthal DNA offer insight into the evolution of human cognition

CRISPR ‘mini-brains’ made from Neanderthal DNA offer insight into the evolution of human cognition

Humans are more closely related to Neanderthals and Denisovans than to any living primate, and some 40% of the Neanderthal ...
Have any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
Womb temperature determines the sex of the offspring in many reptiles. Why not in humans?

Womb temperature determines the sex of the offspring in many reptiles. Why not in humans?

Temperature controls sex determination, in all crocodilians, most turtles, many fish, and some lizards, according to organismal biologist Karla Moeller ...
We were never alone: How many human species have existed?

We were never alone: How many human species have existed?

When it comes to figuring out exactly how many distinct species of humans existed, it gets complicated pretty quickly, especially ...
Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

Evolution and the pandemic: How COVID could develop resistance to vaccines over time

With the emergence of what seem so far to be safe and effective vaccine candidates, it appears that humanity may be ...
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‘New story unfolding’: Ancient finger bones found in Asia force a rethinking of human migration

Politics, geography, and tradition have long focused archaeological attention on the evolution of Homo sapiens in Europe and Africa. Now, ...
In a blink of an evolutionary eye, this African island developed resistance to malaria. Here’s how

In a blink of an evolutionary eye, this African island developed resistance to malaria. Here’s how

[R]esearchers have uncovered recent traces of adaptation to malaria in the DNA of people from Cabo Verde, an island nation ...
Did magic mushrooms and other hallucinogens fuel human evolution?

Did magic mushrooms and other hallucinogens fuel human evolution?

Did psychedelics stimulate human consciousness?  First proposed by 20th century ethnobotanist Terence McKenna (1946-2000) in his 1992 book "Food of ...
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