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Black biologist Charles Henry Turner’s groundbreaking research on animal cognition remains largely unacknowledged

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A new Perspectives essay published in Science describes the contributions of biologist Charles H. Turner (1867-1923), an American zoologist whose “early discoveries ...
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Now mostly desert, what was Arabia like when humans migrated out of Africa?

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Prior to the last ice age, somewhere between 112,000 and 122,000 years ago, two humans, possibly three, walked south along the shore ...
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Magic tricks can help us better understand animal intelligence

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[A]s a new Science: Perspectives article points out, it’s not just humans who get fooled by magic tricks. Many species of animals ...
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Wooly rhinos driven to extinction by climate change not human hunters

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The reign of woolly rhinos, which lasted for millions of years, came to an abrupt end some 14,000 years ago, ...
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Medieval medicine resurrected: Could a 1,000 year old potion help fight bacterial infections?

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Garlic, onion, wine, and a dash of bovine bile. It’s a veritable witch’s brew, but as a new Scientific Reports paper shows, this ...
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Space Station science: Fungus found at Chernobyl could protect astronauts from galactic cosmic radiation

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Galactic cosmic radiation remains a troubling impediment to a sustained human presence in space. This unresolved problem is starting to ...
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Extraterrestrial alert: 737 places where aliens might be hiding

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The Exotica Catalog was put together by researchers from Breakthrough Listen, a decade-long program seeking to find signs of intelligent ...
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DNA from 14,000-year-old tooth offers oldest known link between Native Americans and southern Siberia

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A 14,000-year-old genome scraped from a prehistoric tooth found in southern Siberia is now the oldest known connection linking living ...
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Colonizing other planets could be the key to humanity’s long-term survival

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Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate ...
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Anxious dog? Here are some things that may be stressing your furry friend

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Nearly three out of four dogs exhibit some kind of serious behavioral problem related to anxiety, according to a survey involving nearly ...
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Ancient tool technology passed down for thousands of generations by extinct human species, study says

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When it comes to extinct human species, Neanderthals tend to hog the spotlight. But another group of early humans, Homo erectus, is ...
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‘Disaster for public trust in vaccines’: African malaria study conducted without patient consent

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A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa ...
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Extinct human ancestor Homo erectus evolved in Africa—not Asia—new fossil study suggests

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Homo erectus reached the Indonesian island of Java at some point between 1.3 million to 1.5 million years ago, according ...
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Rapid-diagnosing AI makes brain cancer operations ‘safer and more effective than ever before’

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Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumors from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new ...
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Prehistoric ‘chewing gum’ contains Neolithic girl’s DNA, allowing scientists to reconstruct her face

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Scientists in Denmark have squeaked out an entire human genome from a prehistoric piece of “chewing gum.” Made from birch ...
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First chimeric part-monkey piglets born in China

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Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

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Here’s a look back at some of the most significant archaeological and anthropological discoveries of the past decade that fundamentally ...
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Humans originated in Botswana? New research challenged for using ‘weak and inconclusive genetic analysis’

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A new paper claiming that modern humans originated in northern Botswana some 200,000 years ago is being criticized by experts, ...
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Humans ‘are not so special after all’: Neanderthals also knew how to start fires, evidence suggests

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At some point, our ancestors harnessed the power of the flame to keep warm, cook food, produce new materials, shoo ...
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Inherited Neanderthal, Denisovan DNA may help with our metabolism, immunity and diet

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Neanderthals and Denisovans went extinct some 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, but not before these closely related hominins interbred with ...
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‘Unexpected’ marriage practices, slavery, social inequality revealed in analysis of Bronze Age remains

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A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, ...
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Channeling our ‘inner salamander’: Research suggests humans have ability to repair overworked cartilage

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Our bodies have retained the capacity to repair injured or overworked cartilage in our joints, says new research published [October 9] in ...
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Would the discovery of life on Mars be ‘world-shaking’?

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In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

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Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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From hominids to animals: Who lived in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave?

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For thousands of years, Siberia’s Denisova Cave was home to various bands of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. But as ...
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We haven’t found a Denisovan skull yet. But thanks to genetic analysis, we can predict what their faces looked like

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A pinky finger bone, some teeth, and a lower jaw. That’s all the physical evidence we have of the mysterious ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

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Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

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A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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