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New analysis of Dead Sea scrolls reveals minerals not typically from region

The Dead Sea scrolls have given up fresh secrets, with researchers saying they have identified a previously unknown technique used ...
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‘Are Neanderthals just another version of us’?

As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative ...
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Can DNA from Loch Ness help solve 86-year old monster mystery?

It was a science story made for the headlines: a monster, more than a thousand years of mystery and maybe, ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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3.8-million-year-old Australopithecus anamensis skull found in Ethiopia may redefine branches of human evolution

Spotting the intact Australopithecus skull in the Ethiopian dirt caused paleoanthropologist Yohannes Haile-Selassie to literally jump for joy. … The ...
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‘It seems so obvious’: How parasites influenced the evolution of human brains

It seems so obvious that someone should have thought of it decades ago: Since parasites have plagued eukaryotic life for ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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Infographic: Meet Asgard archaea, a simple cell that just might look like one of our oldest relatives

The cells of all animals, plants, and fungi have an impressive complexity, with a variety of compartments specialized in various ...
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Unraveling the genetic mystery of Skeleton Lake, an ancient Indian site filled with hundreds of human bones

At the mysterious Skeleton Lake in northern India, the dead are talking, revealing surprises through centuries-old DNA. And it’s not ...
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Podcast: Overlooked women in science, Huntington’s disease and witch trials. The best of Genetics Unzipped

Kat Arney selects her favourite stories from the first 20 episodes of the Genetics Unzipped podcast ...
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‘Wild theory’: Can aggressive cancers evolve into new species?

Aggressive cancers can spread so fiercely that they seem less like tissues gone wrong and more like invasive parasites looking ...
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7 misconceptions about evolutionary psychology, including the idea that behavior is genetically determined

Evolutionary approaches to psychology hold the promise of revolutionizing the field and unifying it with the biological sciences. But among ...
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How ‘alien genetics’ would change our understanding of life, biology and evolution

While we await our first contact with alien life, scientists investigate possible scenarios for extraterrestrial biology ...
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Believe it or not, Neanderthals were both athletic and artsy

They were sprinters.  Previously believed to have been endurance runners, it is now thought Neanderthals favoured “more power sprint than ...
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Are we reaching the limits of human life expectancy?

With life expectancies steadily rising in most countries, high quality care is essential for aging populations ...
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98.5% of our DNA is ‘junk’: But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t play a key role in disease, evolution

Would you purchase a book with over 98 percent of the text written in gibberish? Biology has no business in ...
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Podcast: Why did we survive, when the Denisovans and Neanderthals did not?

The Denisovans have long been one of the most elusive ancient human cousins, until now. In May 2019, scientists revealed ...
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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...
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Darwin’s theory of evolution suggests a new approach for treating cancer

Cancers that have spread, known as metastatic disease, are rarely curable. The reasons that patients die despite effective treatment are ...
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Podcast: Francis Galton: Brilliant scientist—and eugenics pioneer. How do we address his racist legacy?

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney explores how Francis Galton's eugenic ideas led directly to some of the 20th century's worst atrocities ...
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Did evolution lead us down the path to heart disease?

The reason our species finds itself in the ever-constricting clutches of atherosclerosis — the insidious buildup of cholesterol-filled plaques in ...
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Can these turtle embryos change their sex by finding warmer or cooler spots within their eggs?

At 27.9 °C, roughly equal numbers of female and male turtles will emerge from the nests of the Chinese pond ...
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Much more than an ‘itchy pest’: Mosquitoes have played a major role in human history

Fifty-two billion people—almost half of the cumulative human population—are thought to have perished at the hands of a creature no ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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Reconstructing the Neanderthal throat—did they have their own language?

At the very least, in order for spoken language to be a possibility, a species has to have the right ...
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2 million years ago, we lost this gene. That may be why humans are so prone to heart attacks

One-third of global deaths are due to cardiovascular disease caused by atherosclerosis, when arteries are clogged with fat deposits. Although ...
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If humans never evolved, would Earth still have intelligent life? This evidence suggests the answer is yes

The paths available to evolving organisms are far from limitless ...