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Exploring Prophet Muhammad’s Hebraic descent

In the West, the discussion on the origins of Prophet Muhammad has been the subject of limited studies.Traditional and contemporary ...
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Why humans may not be to blame for ancient African mammal extinction

New research has disputed a longstanding view that early humans helped wipe out many of the large mammals that once ...
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Why teaching evolution is still difficult in many public schools

[November 12] marked the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Epperson vs. Arkansas, which struck down the state’s ...
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Why Darwin’s ‘abominable mystery’ may not be all that mysterious

For 140 years, scientists have been trying to explain what Charles Darwin described as “an abominable mystery”. Darwin was bothered by evidence ...
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This tiny creature gives us a ‘completely new branch on the tree of life’

Canadian scientists have identified microscopic creatures that are so unlike anything seen before, they had to create an entirely new ...
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Neanderthals and humans lived equally ‘risky, stressful lives’

Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our ...
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Genes and giraffes: What do those spots tell us?

Giraffes' spotty exterior provides more than camouflage ...
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How DNA tests solved the mystery of this strange, now-extinct monkey

For nearly 100 years, scientists haven’t been able to agree on the evolutionary origins of a strange, now-extinct monkey that ...
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Three bird species in one? Inside a warbler’s puzzling DNA

A Pennsylvania birder spotted the bird of a lifetime in his backyard this past spring—it was a hybrid of three ...
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Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin’s belief that mutations are random and neutral

When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he ...
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How plants have shaped the course of human history

Quinine (Scientific name: Cinchona) is a plant that has influenced the course of human history. Used for centuries by the indigenous ...
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Resurrecting Earth’s ancient enzymes in quest to make more effective drugs and chemicals

In the 1990 Michael Crichton novel "Jurassic Park," scientists resurrect extinct species, with disastrous, page-turning consequences. But what if the ...
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‘Blinding speed’: How an ice age led to the populating of the Americas

Tens of thousands of years ago, two gigantic ice sheets smothered the northernmost parts of what has since been named ...
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Did Neanderthals have their own language?

Did Neanderthals have language? Before trying to answer that, I should admit my bias: I’m team Neanderthal. As an anthropologist ...
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‘Deep learning’ sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

Each person’s genome contains three billion building blocks called nucleotides, and researchers must compile data from thousands of people to ...
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Why we should search for alien life within our own Solar System

By examining interstellar asteroids and comets up close, argues Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, we might be able to tell whether ...
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Search for extraterrestrial life could be hampered by drama surrounding NASA’s telescope dreams

For nearly 20 years, NASA has been planning and constructing a telescope unlike any ever built before: the James Webb ...
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Peering back in time: Engineered synthetic organisms could help answer key evolutionary questions

Evolution is the accepted explanation for life's diversity today, but there are still some holes in the process that we ...
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Is ‘interstellar visitor’ an alien probe? ‘We should be appropriately skeptical’

One year ago, in October 2017, astronomers detected the first confirmed interstellar visitor to our solar system – an asteroid dubbed Oumuamua ...
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300,000-year-old stone tools found in Saudi Arabian desert could shed light on human migration out of Africa

Stone tools unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s inhospitable Nefud Desert indicate that members of our genus Homo had ventured beyond the ...
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Was life on Earth ‘just a lucky accident’? Next Mars mission will drill for answers

American rocket engineers are being urged to push their next Mars mission to the limits of technological performance. Space scientists have ...
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No, humans haven’t wiped out 60 percent of animals since 1970. But things still look ugly

Since [October 29], news networks and social media have been abuzz with the claim that, as The Guardian among others ...
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Viewpoint: What ‘New Atheists’ get wrong about science and religion

New Atheism is a literary movement that sprung up in 2004, led by prominent authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, ...
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Ancient spearheads raise new questions about North America’s first inhabitants

[A]rchaeologists have uncovered evidence of a human settlement stretching back as far as 15,500 years: hammer stones and broken knives, ...
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Rarely studied African genes fill in ‘blank canvas’ of early human history

Humankind’s early history in Africa is coming into sharper focus with a new study of 180 genomes from a dozen ...
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‘Cradles of diversification’: Lagoons played key role in evolution of first vertebrates

Scientists have discovered that shallow, lagoon-like environments were the cradle for vertebrate evolution, giving rise to our distant ancestors. A ...
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‘De-extinction’ engineers dream of reviving the lost passenger pigeon

Once the dominant species in eastern North America, passenger pigeons roamed the forests in giant flocks up to several billions ...
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Human evolutionary theory challenged in global study by diversity of birth canals

The shape of a mother’s birth canal is a tug-of-war between two opposing evolutionary forces: It needs to be wide ...