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We started eating chocolate 1,500 years earlier than previously thought, paper says

We started eating chocolate 1,500 years earlier than previously thought, paper says

New archaeological evidence suggests humans were cultivating and consuming cacao—the crop from which chocolate is produced—as long as 5,300 years ...
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Recreating the chemical soup that may have sparked life on earth

In the molecular dance that gave birth to life on Earth, RNA appears to be a central player. But the ...
10-23-2018 sheep_dog

Where did Europe’s original dogs go?

The first farmers to arrive in Europe from the Middle East brought their dogs along with them, effectively wiping out ...
Marathon gene? Ancient CMAH mutation may have made us better runners

Marathon gene? Ancient CMAH mutation may have made us better runners

When Eliud Kipchoge broke the tape at the Berlin Marathon [in September]—setting a new world record by 78 seconds—he and his fellow ...
DNA of God: Did humans evolve a need for religion?

DNA of God: Did humans evolve a need for religion?

[H]ow does evolution explain religion? Leading scholars propose a two-phase hypothesis (here, here): First, our ancestors evolved certain mental abilities, useful ...
10-18-2018 casual-sex-6

No strings attached: Why are men more interested in casual sex?

First, is there any truth in [gender] stereotypes? And second, if there is, why? The answer to the first question, ...
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‘The Tangled Tree’: Book explores what’s wrong with Darwin’s theory of evolution

Until recently, the central tenets of Darwin’s theory of evolution, from how heredity works to the gradual variation in species, had ...
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Challenging earth’s oldest fossils: Critics say ‘there’s absolutely nothing biological about them’

Two years ago, researchers from the University of Wollongong in Australia shook the science world by claiming to have discovered ...
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Is there a link between climate change and human evolution?

[W]hile all the talk nowadays focuses on how to change the course of the climate’s evolution, a study out [October 11] ...
Tragic tradeoff: How depression evaded evolution

Tragic tradeoff: How depression evaded evolution

Depression is an evolutionary conundrum. On the one hand, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide; on the other, the ...
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450,000-year-old teeth help piece together human family tree

Crime-drama fans know that forensic scientists can ID the remains of long-missing persons by examining their teeth. To solve even ...
Sen. Elizabeth Warren controversy follow: Almost every American has a sliver of Native American ancestry

Sen. Elizabeth Warren controversy follow: Almost every American has a sliver of Native American ancestry

The reporting on the largest genetic study of American ancestry—claims that Americans are a genetic melting pot of white, black ...
Before T. rex, 30-foot-long Dynamoterror and Lythronax ruled the American southwest

Before T. rex, 30-foot-long Dynamoterror and Lythronax ruled the American southwest

Tyrannosaurs often bear fierce names. Aside from the “tyrant lizard” Tyrannosaurus itself, there’s the “monstrous murderer” Teratophoneus, the “frightful lizard” Daspletosaurus, and the “gore ...
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Neanderthals’ healthcare skills helped them survive through Ice Age

Neanderthals cared for their sick and wounded, and new research suggests this well-documented behavior was more than just a cultural ...
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Could propensity for drug addiction be linked to an ancient virus in some people’s genes?

Drug addicts are more likely to carry an ancient virus which could affect the production of dopamine than the rest ...
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Crime, violence and DNA: The many faces of MAOA, the so-called ‘warrior gene’

A near certainty whenever monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) rears its ugly head in popular science writing is that an ugly ...
Teaching of evolution under siege in Turkey, Israel and India

Teaching of evolution under siege in Turkey, Israel and India

In recent weeks there have been alarming reports from both Israel and Turkey of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution being erased from school curriculums ...
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Diagnosing deadly medieval fever epidemics through ancient DNA

Many epidemics of fever ravaged Europe from ancient times through the early 20th century. But one disease stands out in ...
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This ‘hot mess’ bird links dinosaur and avian evolution

Yes, birds are technically modern dinosaurs. But sometimes it’s tough to tell where the non-avian dino ends and the bird begins ...
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Is it time to rethink evolutionary timeline for Earth’s animals?

New research suggests that animal origins happened much earlier than previously thought ...
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Viewpoint: Why consumer DNA tests are more dangerous than you might think

Commercial DNA testing isn’t just harmless entertainment. It’s keeping alive ideas that deserve to die ...
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Documenting the rise and fall of populations through human poop

The city that vanished about 700 years ago presents a captivating question for archaeologists: What happened to the Mississippian people who built ...
9-25-2018 558-million-year-old-fat-molecule-reveals-worlds-earliest-animal

Mysterious fossil could be oldest known animal—if scientists can agree it is one

An international team of researchers is claiming to have discovered traces of cholesterol on a fossil of Dickinsonia—a mysterious creature that ...
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Why the fossil record may be misleading when explaining mass extinctions

Paleontologists are able to determine when a species went extinct based on its last appearance in the fossil record. Any variations ...
9-19-2018 alboin_entering_pavia

Ancient Italian cemeteries tell tales of barbarian migration

We know very little of [Longobards] or any of the other barbarian tribes that roared through Western Europe other than ...
Why are humans so much smarter than other primates?

Why are humans so much smarter than other primates?

By counting the number of neurons in brains, one scientist revolutionized our view of why Homo sapiens and nonhuman primates ...
9-17-2018 5b99580840fd3

Controversial study: Humans were in Madagascar 6,000 years earlier than previously thought

The butchered remains of extinct elephant birds could push back the date of human habitation of Madagascar by 6,000 years, according ...
Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

In many ways asexual reproduction is a better evolutionary strategy: only one parent is needed, and all of their genes ...