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Year in review: Early human kin could shake up family tree

Scientists trying to untangle the human evolutionary family’s ancient secrets welcomed a new set of tantalizing and controversial finds this year. A …

Evolution

How to Prove Humans Evolved From Primates - What's Trending

Forty-two percent of Americans say that humans were created in their present form within the past 10,000 years - so Vox decided to prove them wrong, …

Darwin’s beautiful theory must itself be allowed to evolve

THE theory of evolution is a splendid thing: an elegant and utterly logical explanation for how natural selection solves the problems of survival and …

Fossils discovered in Kenya are neither ape nor man: from the archive, 1962

23 March 1962: Anthropologist Dr Louis Leakey unearths 14 million year old remains<p>Dr Louis Leakey, the British anthropologist, announced in Washington the discovery of fossil remains, estimated to be 14,000,000 years old, which “fill one of the major gaps in man’s evolution.”<p>He said he had …

Central Africa

Deadly Orangutan Attack: 2 Apes Team Up to Kill Another

A loud rumble, a scuffle and 33 long minutes of coordinated attacks by a female orangutan and her male partner led to the death of an older female …

Chimpanzees

People Got Tested To See What Their Actual Ethnicity Is And Were Pretty Surprised

Can you handle the truth?

College of William & Mary

Earth - What did the Neanderthals do for us?

I am 2.5% Neanderthal.<p>That's according to a genetic analysis of snippets of my DNA. It is slightly less than the European average of 2.7%.<p>I owe my part-Neanderthal nature to an accident of history. Thousands of years ago, modern humans ran into Neanderthals somewhere in Asia or Europe.<p>We don't know …

Evolution

‘The Invaders’ sees dogs as key to modern humans’ success

The Invaders<i><br>Pat Shipman<br>Harvard Univ., $29.95</i><p>Ancient humans drove Neandertals to extinction around 40,000 years ago with the help of dogs soon after …

Humanity

The Journey into Conservation Consciousness of Indonesia’s Megafauna

<i>by Rajiv Louis</i><p>It cannot be repeated enough that the illegal trade of wild Sumatran Tigers and Orangutans are and continue to be one of the main …

Biodiversity

Humans aren’t the only species that trusts

Trust is crucial for any strong friendship. But before humans relied on friends to text us back and not let us embarrass ourselves while drunk, we counted on each other for survival in the wild. Many scientists believe that trust has strong evolutionary value—and there’s reason to believe we’re not …

Chimpanzees

Gregarious chimps harbor richer gut microbiomes: Being sociable boosts gut microbe diversity in chimpanzees

Being sociable boosts gut microbe diversity in chimpanzees<p>Spending time in close contact with others means risking catching germs and getting sick. …

Microbiology

A Functional Life-Size Camping Trailer Made From LEGO Bricks

<b>Using exactly 215,158 LEGO bricks, a team of 12 professional LEGO builders spent 12 weeks and more than 1000 hours creating a life-size camping</b> …

Lego

This is how science lost God: Atheism, evolution and the long road to Richard Dawkins’ latest Twitter controversy

The roots of today’s battles over atheism, science, religion and climate change actually date back centuries<p>In the seventeenth century, most natural philosophers believed that every type of living organism on the face of the Earth had always existed, from the very beginning of the Earth’s creation. …

Logging

New research reveals effects of the Agricultural Revolution on human evolution

By Philip Guelpa<br>15 January 2016<p>Humans are “artificial apes,” as one modern anthropologist put it, highlighting the role of technology in the …

Anthropology

Genetic Testing for Autism as an Existential Question

A special issue of the journal Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics features perspectives from various people who have experience with genetic testing. …

Autism

Study: 920,000 Pygmies living in forests of Central Africa

CAMBRIDGE, England, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- For the first time, a comprehensive survey is offering a measured estimate of the Pygmy population in Central …

Human Rights

This animation shows how populations around the world will change by 2060

<i>"I think ageing demographics is a bigger issue in China than people think. And the problems it creates should be become evident as early as 2016."</i> - Stan Druckenmiller, a 2013 quote<p>Over the last year, we've been very skeptical of the near-term potential for robust global economic growth.<p>The media …

U.S. Economy

A 75 million-year-old fossilized baby dinosaur is helping paleontologist fill in key evolutionary gaps

The Ceratopsidae are one of the more immediately recognizable groups of dinosaurs.<p>Characterized by sharp beaks and flamboyant horns and frills, these herbivores almost all lived in what is now Western North America right at the end of the Cretaceous period, 100 to 66 million years ago.<p><i>Chasmosaurus</i> …

Dinosaurs

The Struggle to Finally Desegregate American Cities

The government had a plan to provide low-income housing in Baltimore by giving incentives to developers. But two years later, not a single housing unit has been built.<p>The effects of racism can be invisible, but they're obvious if you drive around Baltimore: The center of the city is over 60 percent …

Housing

Ligers and Tigons, Oh My! Cat Lineage Littered with Interbreeding

Modern-day felines may be the ultimate mutts.<p>Different species of cats mated with each other at several points in history, a new genetic study of …

Biology

Researchers confirm site of hangings for Salem witch trials

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A team of researchers using historical documents and 21st-century archaeological techniques has confirmed the site where 19 innocent people were hanged during the Salem witch trials more than three centuries ago.<p>The site, known as Proctor's Ledge, is a small city-owned plot of …

Archaeology

Mystery Human Ancestor Found in African Genes – Percolator - Blogs

We are not alone. An unknown group of archaic humans interbred with our more modern species in Africa thousands of years ago, contributing DNA that …

University of Pennsylvania

The search for alien life: How close we really are to solving one of the universe’s great mysteries

The “Fermi paradox” has plagued scientists for generations. At long last, an answer appears to be on the horizon<p>Physicist Enrico Fermi famously asked the question "Where are they?" to express his surprise over the absence of any signs for the existence of other intelligent civilizations in the …

Paranormal

Could just two people repopulate Earth?

The last man on Earth is a common trope in fiction – but what if it actually happened? How many people would it take to save our species?<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2016” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>The alien predators arrived by boat. Within two years, everyone was …

Durham University

Gene tweak led to humans’ big toe

Small tweaks of one gene may have helped humans to walk upright.<p>Losing a genetic switch that increases production of a protein called GDF6 may have …

Stanford University

Monkeys get spiteful when others have more - Futurity

Just like people, some monkeys take an "if I can't have it, no one can" attitude and punish others who get more than their fair share.

Monkeys

Evidence for expansion of the precuneus in human evolution.

2017 Mar;222(2):1053-1060. doi: 10.1007/s00429-015-1172-y. Epub 2016 Jan 2.<p>Bruner E1, Preuss TM2,3,4, Chen X5,6, Rilling JK7,8,9,10,11.<p>1Programa de …