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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 ...
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Our ancestors may have evolved the ability to talk 27 million years earlier than we thought

Some scientists have theorized that it only became physically possible to speak a wide range of essential vowel sounds when ...
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‘Grandmother hypothesis’ may explain why killer whales and humans evolved menopause

There's a rare human trait that doesn't often make it into debates about what makes our species unique: menopause. Humans ...
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Tracing evolution of mammalian hearing: Essential ear bones were once part of the jaw

One hundred and twenty million years ago, when northeastern China was a series of lakes and erupting volcanoes, there lived ...
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Distinctive ‘Habsburg jaw’ of medieval kings and queens was created by centuries of inbreeding, study suggests

Many of the kings and queens of the Spanish Habsburg dynasty, which ruled across Europe from the 16th to the ...
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How ancient humans ‘self-domesticated’ their own faces to appear more friendly

One hypothesis for how humans transitioned from developing a robust Neandertal visage in maturity to retaining finer features throughout life ...
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‘Genome streamlining’: How species ditch genes no longer needed for survival

Can a genome reach maximum efficiency? ...
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Your dog may be paying closer attention to your words than you realize

Dogs pay much closer attention to what humans say than we realised, even to words that are probably meaningless to ...
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Podcast: Sneaky sheep, substandard stallions and sperm wars

Stories of sneaky sheep, substandard racing stallions, and news from the front lines of the sperm wars ...
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Was it ‘bad luck’—not ancient humans—that drove Neanderthals to extinction?

Neanderthals may have gone extinct due to chance, and not, as some researchers previously thought, due to competition for resources ...
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Infographic: Exploring ways humans have adapted for endurance running

The Endurance Running hypothesis is the latest incarnation of the open-plain models of human evolution, which speculated that human is ...
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Is frozen 18,000-year-old puppy missing link between wolves and dogs?

An 18,000-year-old puppy unearthed in Siberia could prove to be the missing link between dogs and wolves, scientists believe. The puppy ...