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Piecing together the puzzle of human evolution through genomic data

Researchers have developed a new method for sifting through genomic data in search of genetic variants that have helped populations ...
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Saturn’s frigid moon Enceladus boasts ‘chemical buffet’ needed for life

Life as we know it needs three things: energy, water and chemistry. Saturn's icy moon Enceladus has them all, as ...
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Reconstructing genome of ancient bird opens door to reviving lost species

Scientists at Harvard University have assembled the first nearly complete genome of the little bush moa, a flightless bird that ...
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Evolution and cooking: Was it key to human development?

The shift to a cooked-food diet was a decisive point in human history. The main topic of debate is when, ...
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Getting to the roots of insomnia and what you can do about it

Ever struggle with sleep? Almost all of us will at some point our lifetime. Several factors are at play--including travel ...
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How will climate change and genetics affect migratory songbirds?

An article published in January 2018 connected genetic variations in migratory songbirds with population changes due to climate change. UC Davis evolution ...
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Evolution may be tough to predict, but it’s not random

Can we predict the course evolution will take? That’s the question an international team of researchers decided to tackle, using ...
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Sunghir: What the strange paleolithic burial site tells us about ancient humans

Around 34,000 years ago, hunter-gatherers who roamed the Russian plains started to bury their dead at the site of Sunghir, ...
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Will evolution protect humans from alcoholism?

Humans may be evolving a genetic variant that would make them physically unable to consume large amounts of alcohol, new research suggests ...
2-19-2018 Alien-galaxy

How might humans react to alien life? ‘We will take it rather well’

[R]esearchers say the discovery of alien life is more likely to be welcomed with open arms than panic. … To ...
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What happened to the native Caribbeans? Ancient DNA could solve mystery

The Bahamas weren’t settled until 1,500 years ago. The people who settled there are known as the Lucayan Taino, and ...
Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

In early January, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover came across what some researchers thought might be trace fossils on Mars. ... A strictly ...
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Viewpoint: Rethinking scientist Richard Dawkins’ classic book ‘The Selfish Gene’

Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which topped a poll last year for the most inspiring science books of all ...
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Bugs as food? They may have played a role in our evolution

Editor's note: Darcy Shapiro is an evolutionary anthropologist at Rutgers University Did you know that what your ancestors ate affects your ...
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Genetic engineering will ensure that human evolution will continue–for better or worse

Editor's note: Scott Solomon is an associate teaching professor in the department of BioSciences at Rice University [Feb. 12 was] Charles Darwin's ...
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Evolution of walking: Primitive fish shows key nerves appeared 20 million years before land animals

The genes and nerve cells that allow people and other mammals to walk around can also be found in a ...
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Extraterrestrial life may have different chemistry, but evolutionary forces will be Earth-like

If the forces of natural selection have shaped the development of life on Earth, there's no reason to believe those ...
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Archaeologist skeptics reject evidence humans settled Americas 130,000 years ago

When researchers made the astonishing suggestion last year that early humans settled the Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought, they asked doubters ...
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First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal

The earliest Britons were black-skinned, with dark curly hair and possibly blue eyes, new analysis of a 10,000-year-old Somerset skeleton ...
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Charred ‘digging sticks’ found in Italy could be oldest Neanderthal tools made with fire

In the spring of 2012, while digging a hole for a thermal pool, construction workers in Grosseto, Italy, hit scientific ...
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Stone artifacts in India spark new questions about when and how humans developed tools

Sometime around 400,000 years ago human ancestors went on an innovation bender. No longer content to make do with only the large ...
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Speech mystery: Language relies on brain pathways that predate human beings

New research has identified the brain systems involved in language learning and discovered that these systems pre-date the human species ...
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Did life begin in water—or some other liquid?

[W]hile water is an indispensable solvent for all known life forms that exist today, water also inhibits the formation of ...
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Ancient Eurasian DNA helps untangle humanity’s twisted family tree

Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern humans, ...
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Viewpoint: Racism rather than ‘race’ better explains racial disparities in addiction and other diseases

[T]he assumption that health disparities are caused by race rather than racism permeates more subtly in the practices of many ...
Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

In a study published [January 24] in Science Advances, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology announced that the earliest Homo sapiens did ...
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Human Cell Atlas: The quest to build biology’s periodic table

Realizing the need and potential for an atlas of all human cells, two scientists, Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann, have ...
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Unique mix of brain chemicals separates humans from other primates

A team of researchers has now used a novel technique to form a hypothesis on the origins of our rich ...

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