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November 28, 2015

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November 28, 2015

Rice Basket Study Rethinks Roots of Human Culture

Nov. 26, 2015 — Although teaching is useful, it is not essential for cultural progress because people can use reasoning and reverse engineering of existing items to work out how to make tools, suggests a new ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — A 'dinosaur' fossil originally discovered on Prince Edward Island, Canada, has been shown to have steak knife-like teeth, and researchers have changed its name to Dimetrodon borealis -- ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — The role volcanic activity played in mass extinction events in Earth's early history is likely to have been much less severe than previously thought, according to a ... read more

Nov. 21, 2015 — A new study shows that larger eye size is the source of a sizable reproductive advantage for a tiny freshwater crustacean, Daphnia obtusa. The research provides hard data for eye microevolution that, ... read more

Nov. 20, 2015 — Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere emerged in whiffs from a kind of cyanobacteria in shallow oceans around 2.5 billion years ago, according to new ... read more

3D Imaging Sheds New Light on 250 Million Year Old Fossil

Nov. 20, 2015 — A new study has used high-resolution imaging techniques to reinterpret fossilized bones first encountered in northeast Italy in ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — Ancient fossil forests have beenunearthed in Arctic Norway, thought to be partly responsible for one of the most dramatic shifts in the Earth's climate in the past 400 million ... read more

Nov. 19, 2015 — In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that ... read more

Low-Oxygen 'Dead Zones' in North Pacific Linked to Past Ocean-Warming Events

Nov. 18, 2015 — A new study has found a link between abrupt ocean warming at the end of the last ice age and the sudden onset of low-oxygen, or hypoxic conditions that led to vast marine dead ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — Scientists have analyzed the genomes of two acorn worm species and found that approximately two-thirds of human genes have counterparts in the ancestors of these marine animals. These ancient genes, ... read more

Nov. 18, 2015 — A close cousin of the jellyfish has evolved over time into a microscopic parasite, new research shows. The finding represents the first case of extreme evolutionary degeneration of an animal ... read more

The Fittest Fiddle: Researchers Study Violin Evolution Via Function and Fancy

Nov. 17, 2015 — Behavior, particularly psychologist Edward Thorndike's law of effect, is the foundational principle behind the evolution of the violin and other handmade inventions, say authors in a new ... read more

Climate Macroscope: New Software for Finding Tipping Points and Critical Network Structures

Nov. 17, 2015 — If you wanted to know whether shifts in the African climate during Paleolithic times correlated with the appearance and disappearance of hominin species, how would you find the answer? It’s a ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Molecular-based moisture indicators, remains of midges and climate simulations have provided climate scientists with the final piece to one of the most enduring puzzles of the last Ice ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Pingos are spectacular landforms associated with permafrost in the Arctic. They are circular or elliptical formations protruding from the level ground of the tundra, and can be up to 60 meters high. ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Scientists have shed light on the evolutionary roots of language in the ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new analysis of the jaw of one of the earliest known proto-mammals sheds light on efforts to accurately date the period when mammals first evolved and clarifies the mammalian family tree. The study ... read more

Nov. 16, 2015 — Populations of hunter-gatherers weathered Ice Age in apparent isolation in Caucasus mountain region for millennia, later mixing with other ancestral populations, from which emerged the Yamnaya ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — In the 19th century, Darwin's most vocal scientific advocate was Thomas Henry Huxley, who is also remembered as a pioneer of the hypotheses that birds are living dinosaurs. He noticed several ... read more

Nov. 13, 2015 — The discovery of a tiny, 170-million-year-old fossil on the Isle of Skye, off the north-west coast of the UK, has led researchers to conclude that three previously recognized species are in fact just ... read more

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