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February 8, 2016

Feb. 5, 2016 — Sorry, Explorers Club, but woolly mammoth is no longer on the menu. Neither is the giant ground ... read more

Intense Work Helped Michelangelo Maintain Use of Hands Despite Osteoarthritis

Feb. 3, 2016 — Prolonged hammering and chiseling accelerated degenerative arthritis in the hands of Michelangelo Buonarroti, sculptor, painter and one of the greatest artists of all time. But the intense work ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Researchers have found that glacial erosion and melting ice caps both played a key role in driving the observed global increase in volcanic activity at the end of the last ice ... read more

Feb. 1, 2016 — Traditional fruit gardens planted by indigenous communities in the Malaysian rainforest increase the diversity of the animals who make it their home, research has ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Hydrothermal activity along the mid-ocean ridge system suggests that the release of molten rock, or magma, in response to changes in sea level plays a significant role in the earth's ... read more

Georgian Jailbirds and Celebrity Highwaymen Shaped Modern Britain

Jan. 29, 2016 — Eighteenth-century thieves, paupers, prostitutes and highwaymen helped shape the evolution of modern justice and welfare systems, according to new evidence uncovered by ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — The first direct evidence that humans played a substantial role in the extinction of the huge, wondrous beasts inhabiting Australia some 50,000 years ago -- in this case a 500-pound bird -- has been ... read more

Jan. 29, 2016 — Most of Europe has experienced strong summer warming over the course of the past several decades, accompanied by severe heat waves in 2003, 2010 and 2015. New research now puts the current warmth in ... read more

Life History Effects on the Molecular Clock of Autosomes, Sex Chromosomes

Jan. 28, 2016 — Accounting for the effect of sex-specific life history events, such as the onset of puberty in male hominids, on mutation rates can help reconcile mutation-rate-based estimates of the split between ... read more

New Research Into the Origins of the Austronesian Languages

Jan. 28, 2016 — Complex genetic data now confirms that mitochondrial DNA found in Pacific islanders was present in Island Southeast Asia at a much earlier ... read more

Jan. 27, 2016 — Ancient rodent Paramys had a large brain that was even larger than some primitive primates of the same ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — The species Amphilagus tomidai was recently discovered - an ancestor of the rabbit which lived in present-day Siberia during the Miocene, about 14 million years ago. The discovery of this mammal, ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Naturally occurring clay from British Columbia, Canada -- long used by the region's Heiltsuk First Nation for its healing potential -- exhibits potent antibacterial activity against ... read more

Jan. 26, 2016 — Scientists have succeeded in reconstructing a 160 million year old compound eye of a fossil crustacean found in southeastern France visible. With the reconstruction of the eye, the scientists ... read more

Scientists Demonstrate Key Aspect of Evolutionary Theory

Jan. 26, 2016 — Evolutionary theory predicts that pairs of chromosomes within asexual organisms will evolve independently of each other and become increasingly different over time in a phenomenon called the ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Researchers have identified and named a new species of dinosaur that is the most complete, primitive duck-billed dinosaur to ever be discovered in the eastern United States.This new discovery also ... read more

Jan. 25, 2016 — Were domestic cats brought to China over 5,000 years ago? Or were small cats domesticated in China at that time? There was no way of deciding between these two hypotheses until a team of ... read more

The Hideout of the Black Death

Jan. 22, 2016 — Black Death, mid-fourteenth century plague, is undoubtedly the most famous historical pandemic. Within only five years it killed 30-50% of the European population. Unfortunately it didn't stop ... read more

Jan. 22, 2016 — When Charles Darwin visited the Azores islands in the 19th Century, the birds he observed were familiar to him. However, if he had travelled there 500 years before, he would have found an ... read more

Jan. 21, 2016 — A new study suggests that plate tectonics -- the dynamic processes that formed Earth's mountains, volcanoes and continents -- began about 3 billion years ago. By analyzing trace element ratios ... read more

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