Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand - how humans are shaping species

Podcast: Giving nature a helping hand – how humans are shaping species

Dr Kat Arney explores the impact that humans have had on the evolutionary trajectories of the species we share the ...
Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Podcast: Dogology—The science of our four-legged friends

Geneticist Kat Arney brings you some scientific tails as we explore the genetics of dog breeds and behaviour ...
Have any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
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‘New story unfolding’: Ancient finger bones found in Asia force a rethinking of human migration

Politics, geography, and tradition have long focused archaeological attention on the evolution of Homo sapiens in Europe and Africa. Now, ...
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How germs and ancient migrations help explain our world of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’

The Gökhem graves provide hard evidence for the ancient community's demise: genetic traces of the plague bacterium, Yersinia pestis ...
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Our Stone Age ancestors thrived on ‘chunks of meat,’ but plants were just as key to their survival

Early humans wouldn't be able to survive without glucose from plants ...
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Why evolution always goes in one direction

The diversity and complexity of life on Earth is astonishing: 8 million or more living species – from algae to ...
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Revisiting the Kon-Tiki hypothesis: Did ancient Americans really settle the Pacific?

An eccentric theory of human seagoing migration—made famous by one of the most insanely suicidal ‘scientific’ experiments ever undertaken—has recently ...
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Viewpoint: 5 reasons you should be eating GMOs

Impossible Burger is a household name best recognized for its successful introduction of a plant-based burger that “bleeds” and has no ...
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DNA shows Neanderthals mated with humans in two waves, not just once

[A]ncient humans mated with Neanderthals between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, well before the more recent, and better-known mixing of the two ...
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Podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where ...
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Why do humans mate in private? Instinct or morality?

A debate has emerged as to why humans mate in private while every other animal – except the Arabian babbler ...
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Origins of life: We are getting closer to recreating the bubbling primordial soup

At 158 degrees Fahrenheit (70 degrees Celsius), the vents are a bit hot for a bubble bath but, it turns ...
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Podcast: From the Black Death to COVID-19—Investigating the ancient war between genes and disease

Kat Arney looks at the ancient war between our genes and the pathogens that infect us, from the Black Death ...
How the Hobbit films illustrate the way human brains evolved

How the Hobbit films illustrate the way human brains evolved

For Northwestern University neuroscientist and engineer Malcolm MacIver, [a scene from the Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey where Gandalf and Bilbo ...
Podcast: How male sex drive evolved

Podcast: How male sex drive evolved

For decades, scientists suggested that fatherhood fulfilled a primarily evolutionary function: protecting and providing for offspring in return for sex ...
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Maybe Darwin got it wrong: ‘Survival of the Friendliest’

Most people assume that Darwin was talking about physical strength when referring to “survival of the fittest,” meaning that a ...
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Number instinct: Numerical ability is deeply rooted in our shared animal evolution

Considering the multitude of situations in which we humans use numerical information, life without numbers is inconceivable. But what was ...
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Infographic: Power of evolution? How oak trees came to dominate North American forests

Over the course of some 56 million years, oaks, which all belong to the genus Quercus, evolved from a single undifferentiated ...
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Evolution heresies: Revisiting Lamarckian and collective evolution

In his most famous work, Charles Darwin proposed that this amazing process is governed by a simple rule: selection of ...
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What are ‘supergenes’ and how do they impact evolution

Biologists identified 37… so-called 'supergenes' in wild sunflower populations, and found they govern the modular transfer of a large range ...
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Where did strawberries comes from? Genomics, art history help trace evolution of fruits and vegetables

Plant geneticists seeking to understand the history of the plants we eat can decode the genomes of ancient crops from ...
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Biotechnology gives plant breeders a leg up in ‘evolutionary arms race’ against crop diseases

While crop pests and diseases can be spread by environmental factors, such as the wind, they also move into new ...
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Blame human evolution for corporate jargon and thick academic prose

For anyone who’s ever worked in a large organization, this kind of message will be depressingly familiar: “Do you have ...
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How ancient fish fins gave rise to modern human hands

In 1859 Charles Darwin remarked… in On the Origin of Species: “What can be more curious than that the hand ...
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Humans vs. apes: Women are the secret factor explaining how we evolved to populate the world

The populations of the great apes were once nearly equal. Now, one great ape species—Homo sapiens—outnumbers the rest by almost ...
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