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Skeleton Found in Italy Cave Yields Oldest Neanderthal DNA

The calcite-encrusted skeleton of an ancient human, still embedded in rock deep inside a cave in Italy, has yielded the oldest Neanderthal DNA ever found.<p>These molecules, which could be up to 170,000 years old, could one day help yield the most complete picture yet of Neanderthal life, researchers …

Archaeology

Ancient tomb complex unearthed in Beijing

3/17/2015 10:00:00 PM<p>Archaeologists have unearthed a massive tomb complex in a southwest suburb in Beijing, according to the Beijing Institute of …

A new fossil may date humanity's ancestor further back than we thought

Don't call it a "missing link" — Brian Villmoare doesn't like that phrase — but a group of archaeologists including Villmoare has found a new fossil that fills in an important gap in the record of human evolution.<p>The fossil is a jawbone discovered at a dig in Ethiopia in 2013 by graduate student …

Anthropology

Do your genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

baggini

Scientists explore 2,000 miles of the ocean floor -- and you can too

Now you can explore the ocean floor without leaving your desk.<p>The U.S. Geological Survey this week posted thousands of photos and videos of the U.S. coastline and adjacent seafloor, allowing users to explore sections of the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf coasts in an interactive map. Most of the areas …

Researchers Find The Gene That Makes Us 3D

DNA that helps you stand up to gravity<p>The children’s book series <i>Flat Stanley</i> chronicles the adventures of a world-traveling 2D boy. Now a team of researchers might have found the gene that Stanley was missing (you know, if he had been real). It's the YAP gene, and it helps regulate organ size, as …

Revealed: the terrifying 9ft-long crocodile which walked like a human

US scientists say they have discovered fossils of the ‘Carolina butcher’, a pre-dinosaur beast with sharp teeth<p>Scientists have unearthed fossils in the United States of a big land-dwelling crocodile that lived about 231 million years ago, walked on its hind legs and was a top land predator right …

Dinosaurs

Why some male cichlids build ‘sand castles’

Many male African cichlid fish attract mates by building pits or “sand castles” on a lake bottom. To study evolution’s effect on behavior, Stanford …

Biology