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7 Strange And Surprising Ways That Humans Have Recently Evolved

<b>1. Drinking milk as adults</b><p>Drinking milk is one of the defining traits of mammals, but humans are the only species on Earth to digest it after …

Biology

David Reich: ‘Neanderthals were perhaps capable of many modern human behaviours’

For David Reich, research can be a harrowing experience. The 44-year-old Harvard University geneticist says he now goes to bed terrified he will wake up to find his team’s recent, stunning discoveries about human ancestry have been proved wrong. “We are now making so many startling insights I …

Poëzie in de kleuterklas is meer dan geheugentraining! (Taal)plezier met poëzie

Geplaatst op 28/03/2018<p>blog met een inspirerend voorbeeld<p>Poëzie kan vaker en gevarieerder aan bod komen in de kleuterklas. Als we rijmen en dichten …

Evolution, Science and Ethics in the Third Millennium

Challenges and Choices for Humankind<p>Auteur: Robert Cliquet en Dragana Avramov<br>Over de auteur:<p>De sociaal bioloog en bio-antropoloog professor emeritus …

Humans Confirmed To Have Mated With The Now-Extinct Denisovans - Multiple Times

Our ancestors sure were a promiscuous lot. But they didn’t just limit themselves to sleeping with our own species, as ancient humans are known to …

How to read and understand a scientific paper: a guide for non-scientists

From vaccinations to climate change, getting science wrong has very real consequences. But journal articles, a primary way science is communicated in …

London School of Economics

Glyfosaat, bron van alle kwaad?

Vanwaar de verschillende beoordeling?<p>Het IARC en de EFSA doen niet precies hetzelfde. De EFSA heeft zich beperkt tot onderzoek naar de stof …

Ook links zwijgt ex-moslims dood

Een geallieerd veldhospitaal tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Gewonde soldaten stromen binnen van het front, verminkt en met afgerukte ledematen, …

Early primates went extinct in North America - But why?

When we think of monkeys, North America is definitely not the place that comes to mind. These smart, furry troublemakers prefer to live in tropical …

Introduction to Prosauropods

Prosauropods were large semi-quadrupedal, herbivorous dinosaurs of the Triassic and Early Jurassic. Found on most continents, their fossils are …

Guide to Public Engagement for Entomological Collections and Natural History Museums in the Age of Social Media | Annals of the Entomological Society of America

Social media has revolutionized the way research and museum collections communicate with the general public by disseminating knowledge and …

Social Media

"If Apes Evolved From Monkeys, Why Are There Still Monkeys?"

I’m a big fan of twitter. If you’re like me and follow the, err, very interesting @TakeThatDarwin account, you’ll see retweetings of all manner of …

Monkeys

Weird fish fossil changes the story of how we moved onto land

The evolutionary story we have written to explain our ancestors’ move from sea to land may need a rethink. A fossil fish from this era has been …

American Museum of Natural History

On this day in 1936, the last known thylacine--a wolf-like nocturnal mammal that sported distinctive stripes and a pouch more commonly associated …

A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomy

Imagine, if you will, getting bit by an African spitting cobra. These reptiles are bad news for several reasons: First, they spit, shooting a potent …

Ben Pabst | Schweizerische Geologische Gesellschaft

<i>×</i><p><b>Meeresbiologe, Paläontologe, Ausgräber und Präparator</b><p><b>Anlässlich ihrer 95. Jahresversammlung in Eichstätt (Bayern) verleiht die Schweizerische</b> …

How Dinosaurs Shrank and Became Birds

<i>From</i> <i>Quanta Magazine</i> <i>(</i><i>find original story here</i><i>).</i><p>Modern birds descended from a group of two-legged dinosaurs known as theropods, whose members include …

Paleontology

The Evolution of Flight

Perhaps the most perplexing and controversial aspect of the study of flight is the study of how and why flight evolved. Since flight evolved millions …

Evolution

Why did dinosaurs evolve feathers?

Dinosaurs evolved feathers long before birds came on the scene, but why if they couldn't fly? Dr Dave Hone explains<p>A common creationist canard is the supposedly unanswerable "what use is half a wing?". Apparently there to confound biologists, what it generally does is demonstrate the ignorance of …

How Did Feathered Dinosaurs Learn to Fly?

The Evolution of Feathered Dinosaurs into Birds<p>As little as 50 years ago, the theory that birds descended from dinosaurs seemed completely …

Paleontology

When Did Dinosaurs Learn to Fly?

Birds are dinosaurs. That’s a fact underscored by dozens upon dozens of discoveries in the last 30 years. Free of the historic blinders that cast dinosaurs as monstrous reptiles, we’re now gaining an ever-greater appreciation for how bird-like <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its famous relations really were.<p>In …

i>Plateosaurus</i> didn't gallop

<i>Plateosaurus</i> didn't gallop<p>Recently, I finally read a paper by Heinrich Mallison entitled 'The digital <i>Plateosauru</i>s II: an assessment of the range of …

What sparked the Cambrian explosion?

An evolutionary burst 540 million years ago filled the seas with an astonishing diversity of animals. The trigger behind that revolution is finally …

Paleontology

Tim Vernimmen

In deze zomerserie zoek ik uit hoe wij, <i>Homo sapiens</i>, werden wie we zijn. In de zesde en laatste aflevering: hoe wij leren leren, mens worden en ons …

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg?

You might think that this is a joke, but this question goes back a long way — at least 2,000 years back, as a matter of fact. The question of the …

Eggs

The algae that terraformed Earth

<b>A planetary takeover by ocean-dwelling algae 650 million years ago was the kick that transformed life on Earth.</b><p>That's what geochemists argue in Nature this week, on the basis of invisibly small traces of biomolecules dug up from beneath the Australian desert.<p>The molecules mark an explosion in the …

Earth Science

Plateosaurier

Körper<p>Der Plateosaurier ist der erste grosse Dinosaurier der Erdgeschichte und wies eine Körperlänge von 7 - 8 Metern auf.<p>Kopf<p>Der Kopf ist relativ …

The Eclipse That Revealed the Universe

So this is what it is like to play cosmic pinball. The worlds move, and sometimes they line up. Then you find yourself staring up the tube of blackness that is the moon’s shadow, a sudden hole in the sky during a total solar eclipse.<p>Such moments have left their marks on human consciousness — like …

Physics

How social media can distort and misinform when communicating science

Jacob Groshek, Boston University and Serena Bronda, Boston University<p>When news breaks – whether the story of a disease outbreak, a terrorist attack …

Social Media