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Why it’s unlikely that humans gained the ability to speak through a single gene mutation

One of the most controversial hypotheses for the origin of the human language faculty is the evolutionary conjecture that language ...
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‘It seems so obvious’: How parasites influenced the evolution of human brains

It seems so obvious that someone should have thought of it decades ago: Since parasites have plagued eukaryotic life for ...
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DNA ‘hot spots’ may explain why we are different from one another

What makes one person different from one another, and how did these differences evolve? A study by University at Buffalo ...
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‘Ancient genes’ could point to our last universal common ancestor

Around 4 billion years ago there lived a microbe called LUCA: the Last Universal Common Ancestor. ... If we trace ...
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Can success in life be predicted by our genes?

A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has found genetic variants that appear to confer ...
For all types of life, genetic diversity is ‘about the same’

For all types of life, genetic diversity is ‘about the same’

Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could ...