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November 25, 2015

Ancient Viral Molecules Essential for Human Development

Nov. 23, 2015 — Genetic material from ancient viral infections is critical to human development, according to ... 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 — 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

Nov. 12, 2015 — A previously undiscovered dinosaur species showcases an evolutionary transition from an earlier duckbilled species to that group's descendants. The findings highlight how the new species of ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — According to new research, a mass extinction 359 million years ago known as the Hangenberg event triggered a drastic and lasting transformation of Earth's vertebrate ... read more

Nov. 12, 2015 — The ancestors of honeybees, living 50 million years ago, were fairly choosy when it came to feeding their offspring. According to the study, the pollen that these insects collected for their larvae ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — The newly described Probrachylophosaurus bergei, a member of the Brachylophosaurini clade of dinosaurs, has a small flat triangular bony crest extending over the skull and may represent the ... read more

Nov. 11, 2015 — Humans have been exploiting bees as far back as the Stone Age, according to new ... read more

Dust, Iron, Life: How Atmospheric Dust Prepped Earth for Life

Nov. 10, 2015 — Dust begets life, and Earth's atmosphere 300 million years ago was perhaps the dustiest of all time, with large consequences for carbon cycling and the climate system. In a new article ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — When did you make your book entries? When was the settlement signed? When was the will made? These are often very tricky questions to answer and frequently arise in judicial contexts. In fact, the ... read more

Nov. 10, 2015 — An archaeological expedition has recorded 22 shipwrecks over 13 days in what may be the ancient shipwreck capital of the ... read more

Breakthrough for Mining Research in the Bronze Age

Nov. 9, 2015 — Mining in the Alps dates back much further than previously thought – in the Austrian region of Montafon since the Bronze Age. Thanks to C14 dating, a group of researchers was able to detect in the ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest known European Christian church in the tropics on one of the Cabo Verde islands, 500km off the coast of West Africa, where the Portuguese established a ... read more

Nov. 9, 2015 — When scientists presented evidence of an ancient, fossilized brain a few years ago, it challenged the long-held notion that brains don't fossilize. Now, seven new specimens have been unearthed, ... read more

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