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4-2-2019 asteroid impact

66 million years ago a deadly asteroid struck Earth. Scientists just found a fish killed by the impact

At one of the most important ancient graveyards on Earth in North Dakota, paleontologists unearthed the fossilized remains of fish ...
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How ‘genetic libraries’ of animal DNA can help us better understand ourselves

Of more than 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans, scientists have only sequenced a handful of genomes – ...
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Hues of the past: How we determine the colors of prehistoric animals

[Paleontologist Maria McNamara] studies tissues from insects and vertebrates in order to envision what these critters looked like and how ...
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How modern farming may be distorting our analysis of ancient human migration

One of the most widely used tools archaeologists have at their disposal to decipher where prehistoric humans lived and traveled ...
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Do humans have a ‘ghost’ ancestor? Artificial intelligence thinks so.

A third archaic human species may have been identified, this time with deep learning methods ...
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‘Dramatic’ skull chunk discovery could tell us more about the mysterious Denisovans

Fragments of a hominin skull add to the sparse collection from our obscure cousins ...
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Conservation genomics: Better understanding of DNA could save some species from extinction

Disease, predators and shrinking habitats led to a complete loss of Hawaii’s only remaining lineage of the crow family, the ...
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Making the case for early human migration into rain forests

In the past, researchers believed humans were almost exclusively adapted to savanna environments. Previous hypotheses suggested Homo sapiens ... spread ...
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Vulnerability to mental illness may have given humans an evolutionary advantage

Nearly one in five Americans currently suffers from a mental illness, and roughly half of us will be diagnosed with ...
the end of the neolithic period is when humans first started make wine according to new research

New study claims first farmers in Europe were direct descendants of region’s hunter-gatherers, challenging belief migrants introduced agriculture

For several years it has been broadly acknowledged that agriculture in Europe was first established in the Anatolian peninsula in modern day ...
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Dozens of new species found in Chinese fossil site provide window into ancient life

Fossil-packed sites like the Burgess Shale in Canada have revealed the unique nature of early animals around 508 million years ...
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Have humans reached the end of evolution? Not under these 3 scenarios

Is natural selection still a major force in human evolution? Or have vaccines, water purification, modern medical care and other ...
3-18-2019 copenhagen aurochs

DNA from museum artifacts could help solve ancient mysteries—but there’s a risk

To fill some of the gaps in our understanding of aurochs evolution, [paleogenomics researcher Mikkel] Sinding looks for genetic clues ...
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WTF? Did the rise of agriculture—and soft foods—give us the ability to drop F bombs?

How the foods we eat influence the sounds our languages develop ...
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Evolutionary riddle: Why humans have breasts?

Over the years, researchers have proposed a number of explanations for human breasts. Some claimed evolution favored “pendulous” breasts — as scientists ...
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‘Second genesis’: Assessing the evidence for life on Mars

Today, the burning question isn’t whether Mars might once have been habitable – at various times in its distant past, ...
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What can we learn from Mendel’s peas, onions and GM tomatoes?

A quick look at Gregor Mendel's groundbreaking peas, 'junk' DNA and the first GMO crop ...
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Genetic analysis reveals mysterious evolution of brewer’s yeast that makes beer possible

The strain of brewers’ yeast used to make beer, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, derives from versions used over thousands of years to make grape-wine ...
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How languages and genetics explain our origins and evolution

The twists and turns of both language and genetics offer stunning insights into human history ...
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‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’: Understanding evolution’s role in anxiety, depression and making us human

[In] the thought-provoking Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, [evolutionary] psychiatrist Randolph Nesse offers insights that radically reframe psychiatric conditions. In his ...
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Do these fossilized ‘tracks’ mean life gained mobility 600 million years earlier than we thought?

On February 11, Abderrazak El Albani, a sedimentologist at the University of Poitiers in France, published a study in Proceedings of the National ...
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Who were the Denisovans? This Siberian cave could offer answers

Samantha Brown didn’t have high hopes when she opened the ziplock bag containing some 700 shards of bone. It would ...
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Why human evolution is far from over—and may be speeding up

Global studies of human DNA show that natural selection continues to change who we are ...
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Far from ape-like: Neanderthals walked upright, just like us

Neanderthals walked with an upright posture just like modern humans, according to a new analysis. Over the years, reconstructions of ancient ...
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What spider genetics can tell us about evolutionary relationships and cut-throat competition

What’s the most famous — or even the most infamous — spider in the world? The tarantula? The black widow? ...
2-26-2019 neanderthal dna still runs in our genomes complicating the story of our origins

Were Neanderthals doomed by their inbreeding?

Mounting evidence suggests Neanderthals also had a habit of inbreeding, or conceiving with close relatives. Several studies have now reported ...
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Glowing squid’s genome sheds light on how animals and microbes evolve to work together

Every evening, nocturnal Hawaiian bobtail squids ... emerge from their burrows in shallow waters of the Pacific to hunt for ...
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Purposeful evolution: Can humanity create its own ‘prosperous’ future?

[H]ow, exactly, do we create a “good” future? What does such a future look like to begin with? In Future Consciousness: ...