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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 ...
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Proxima Centauri b: Why Earth’s cosmic neighbor could be suitable for life

Ever since the discovery of the exoplanet—known as Proxima Centauri b—in 2016, people have wondered whether it could be capable of ...
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What do toddlers and chimpanzees have in common? They use the same unspoken language

Prior to developing the capacity for speech, toddlers communicate their desires, demands, and discontent using a diverse repertoire of physical ...
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How a broken gene may have given us the ability to become ‘marathoners’

A new study in mice pinpoints how a stretch of DNA likely turned our ancestors into marathoners, giving us the ...
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Searching for alien life: Why we shouldn’t ignore low-oxygen ‘dead planets’

Until recently, little was known about oxygen’s abundance in the atmosphere [when] microbes were the only life on the planet ...
9-11-2018 0_ancient-foal-video

‘Incredibly rare’ extinct Siberian horse to be cloned

Scientists recently extracted an almost perfectly preserved prehistoric baby horse from the permafrost of Siberia’s “Mouth of Hell” crater in Yakutia. At ...
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How human evolution—and racism—could be altered by climate change

Evidence suggests that a warming planet could melt away differences between human races — or population groups, as scientists more ...
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Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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National identity and what the genes of Aboriginal Australians tell us about ‘what it is to be human’

Recent genetic research suggests that Aboriginal Australians have lived on their island continent for at least 50,000 years (with some ...
9-6-2018 090318_bb_warrior_feat

Medieval graves yield genetic clues about kinship of Germanic warrior family

A dozen lavish medieval graves holding the remains of 13 people have finally spilled their genetic secrets, now that researchers ...
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Were Neanderthals wiped out by icy climate change?

About 40,000 years ago, Neanderthals began disappearing from Europe, but exactly why they died out is a mystery. … Researchers propose ...
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Was human brain growth driven by ecological challenges?

Most animals have brains in proportion to their body size – species with larger bodies often have larger brains. But ...
8-27-2018 ocean-heat-waves-are-increasing-e1523566430231

Water world: Does the evolution of intelligent life require land?

Exoplanets come in a variety of types, and so-called “water worlds”—planets with at least ten percent of their total mass ...
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Cooperation in a time of chaos: Ancient Kenyan burial ground shows evidence of ‘social unity’

For millions of years, the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya has been a cradle of humanity. … Around 5,000 years ago, the ...
8-27-2018 sahelanthropus-top

Was a gene mutation responsible for bigger human brains?

One of the major features that distinguish humans from other primates is the size of our brains, which underwent rapid ...
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Video: Why gene editing could change the path of human evolution

Most people think the genetics revolution is primarily about healthcare. But what's really at play is the evolutionary trajectory of ...
8-16-2018 darwin-2-1280x640

Why evolution is more complicated than Darwin imagined

Darwinian evolution [is] the transmission of genes and traits down the family line. DNA, it turns out, can also be ...
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Discovering a ‘third kingdom’: How this scientist upended Darwin’s ‘tree of life’

On Nov. 3, 1977, a new scientific revolution was heralded to the world — but it came cryptically, in slightly ...
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From dinosaur to bird: How did the transformation take place?

[I]n Bavaria, the Jurassic-aged limestone deposits yielded a near-perfect fossil of Archaeopteryx. It had blade-like serrated teeth and many other features ...
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98: That’s how many humans it would take to start over on another planet

Are we too vulnerable to asteroid strikes and other cataclysms to stick with our single planet? … Frédéric Marin is ...
8-21-2018 elephants-lead.jpg.1000x0_q80_crop-smart

‘Zombie gene’ could explain why elephants rarely get cancer

[B]igger animals, which have more cells, should have greater occurrences of cancer. By that reasoning, elephants, with hundreds of times ...
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‘Remarkable’ love child: Here’s what happened when a Neanderthal met a Denisovan

In a remarkable twist in the story line of early human evolution, scientists have announced the discovery of “Denisova 11”—a ...
8-22-2018 5409342_orig

Viewpoint: Here’s why it’s ‘moronic’ to suggest that Homo erectus was lazy

[Y]ou’ve probably seen a headline or two (or twelve) touting a new discovery about our long extinct human relative, Homo erectus ...
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Alpha: Examining Hollywood’s tale of dog domestication

Long ago, before your four-legged best friend learned to fetch tennis balls or watch football from the couch, his ancestors ...
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Did laziness drive early human relative, Homo erectus, to extinction?

Homo erectus may have gone extinct because they were lazy, according to research from the Australian National University. Scientists claim ...
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Are mental disorders linked to the tweaking of genes in human evolution?

The same recent evolutionary changes that make humans prone to bad backs and impacted wisdom teeth may also tweak genes ...
8-14-2018 humpback-breaching-whale-underwater-ocean-conservation

Ancient genetic oddity makes whales and other aquatic mammals deadly susceptible to common pesticides

Over the past 50 million years, a group of small, hoofed mammals gradually evolved into today’s whales and dolphins. In ...