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May 18, 2015 — Modern lifestyles have famously made humans heavier, but, in one particular way, noticeably lighter weight than our hunter-gatherer ancestors: in the bones. Now a new study of the bones of hundreds ... read more

May 18, 2015 — Gas and oil seeps have been part of religious and cultural practices for thousands of years. Seeps from which gas and oil escape were formative to many ancient cultures and societies. They gave rise ... read more

May 15, 2015 — A Malaysian indigenous group has revived its alphabet from the brink of extinction, thanks to specially designed computer ... read more

Unique Social Structure of Hunter-Gatherers Explained

May 14, 2015 — Sex equality in residential decision-making explains the unique social structure of hunter-gatherers, a new study ... read more

May 13, 2015 — Archaeologists have found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia. The team examined a 1500 year old male skeleton, excavated at Great Chesterford in Essex, England ... read more

May 12, 2015 — Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird ... read more

May 11, 2015 — When it comes to winning evolutionary fitness races, the tortoise once again prevails over the hare. Scientists have found that limiting migrations among populations of bacteria produced better ... read more

May 11, 2015 — New research has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs, in the extinction of ammonites and other planktonic calcifiers 66 ... read more

Solving Corrosive Ocean Mystery Reveals Future Climate

May 11, 2015 — Around 55 million years ago, an abrupt global warming event triggered a highly corrosive deep-water current through the North Atlantic Ocean. The current's origin puzzled scientists for a ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Scientists have identified a species of dinosaur closely related to Velociraptor, the group of creatures made infamous by the movie 'Jurassic Park.' The newly named species likely possessed ... read more

New Chapter in Earth History: Fall-out from Nuclear Weapons Tests Marks Dawn of the Anthropocene?

May 11, 2015 — An international group of scientists has proposed that fallout from hundreds of nuclear weapons tests in the late 1940s to early 1960s could be used to mark the dawn of a new geological age in Earth ... read more

May 7, 2015 — The discovery of a 500-million-year-old fossilized brain has helped identify a point of crucial transformation in early animals, and answered some of the questions about how heads first ... read more

May 8, 2015 — Researchers are unearthing artifacts under former slave quarters, filling in historical gaps of slaves, including black Indians. The Hume Plantation is an artifact rich site with pre-historic and ... read more

May 7, 2015 — Newly evolved genes can rapidly assume control over fundamental functions during early embryonic development. The findings suggest that evolutionary changes to the genetics of fundamental biological ... read more

May 8, 2015 — The burial of the so-called Red Lady, dating back to the Upper Palaeolithic, was discovered in El Mirón cave (Cantabria) in 2010. Unlike most Palaeolithic tombs this one is intact and has not been ... read more

May 7, 2015 — Archaeologists suggest that the dawn of the Viking Age may have been much earlier -- and less violent -- than previously believed. The new study shows that the early Vikings from Norway had access to ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A new study on the impact of 'drive-hunting' dolphins in the Solomon Islands is casting a spotlight on the increasing vulnerability of small cetaceans around the world. From 1976 to 2013, ... read more

May 6, 2015 — A scientist who discovered a new Scottish flower has made an unexpected second finding that provides unique insight into our understanding of evolution. The original find was made even more rare ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Biologists have discovered a new microbe that represents a missing link in the evolution of complex life. The study provides a new understanding of how, billions of years ago, the complex cell types ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Researchers have shown for the first time that cosmic hot spots, such as those near stars, could be excellent environments for the creation of molecular precursors to ... read more

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