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Study Suggests a Significant Change to Human History

Posted October 18th, 2013 at 6:40 pm (UTC+0)
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An international team of scientists claim that their recent research could rewrite the history of human evolution. The researchers suggest that instead of our early human ancestors belonging to different evolutionary species such as Homo habilis, Homo rudolfensis or Homo erectus, they are all actually of the same species, but just happen to look a […]

Studies Provide Fresh Insight into the Ancestry of Early Europeans

Posted October 11th, 2013 at 8:02 pm (UTC+0)
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Two recently released studies have shed new light on ancient Europeans. Taking maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA samples from bones and teeth of the skeletons of 364 people who lived about 5,000 years ago in what is now Central Europe, researchers in one study said that they were able to reconstruct the first detailed genetic history of […]

Neanderthals Invented Leather Tool Still Used Today

Posted August 13th, 2013 at 6:06 pm (UTC+0)
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New evidence shows Neanderthals likely invented a type of hand tool that’s still being today by high-end leather workers. Two international teams of researchers reached that conclusion after discovering remnants of  bone tools crafted by ancient man about 50,000 years ago. The tools found at two  Paleolithic sites in southwest France were identified as a […]

Studies Disagree on Origins of Monogamy

Posted July 30th, 2013 at 5:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Two new competing studies disagree on the origins of monogamy but both agree it had nothing to do with romance. Researchers at Cambridge University found social monogamy  originated as a male mating strategy which evolved over the years.  Males pushed for monogamous relationships after finding themselves in situations where females lived far apart from each other […]

Study: Diet Changes May Have Been Crucial Step in Becoming Human

Posted June 25th, 2013 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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A change in  diet about 3.5 million years ago  may have  set hominid species on a path to becoming  human, according to a study led by the University of Colorado, Boulder. Scientists conducted high-tech tests on the tooth enamel found in  remains of ancient hominid species. The results indicated that, prior to that dietary change, […]

Study: Human Hand Evolved So Fist Could Club Enemies

Posted December 19th, 2012 at 11:09 pm (UTC+0)
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The human hand is a sophisticated work of art and science. Refined through centuries of evolution, hands enable us to perform unique functions which help us to not only survive but also to thrive as a species. New research suggests the evolution of the modern human hand may be due to a very basic need: for use […]

Study: A Person’s DNA Isn’t Always Identical

Posted November 19th, 2012 at 7:48 pm (UTC+0)
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Prevailing wisdom holds that every cell in the body contains identical DNA. But Yale researchers say they examined skin stem cells and found a number of genetic variations in a variety of skin tissue. The study, published in Nature, could have profound implications for genetic screening. “We found that humans are made up of a […]

Evidence of ‘God Particle’ Found?

Posted July 3rd, 2012 at 7:56 pm (UTC+0)
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Speculation is mounting that physicists at the world’s largest atom smasher plan to announce Wednesday that they’ve pretty much found the most sought-after particle in modern science. Scientists in Geneva reportedly believe they have enough evidence to confirm the existence of the Higgs boson, an elusive particle believed to give all objects mass. The discovery […]

Stonehenge Mystery Solved?

Posted June 25th, 2012 at 7:04 pm (UTC+0)
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As crowds converged on Stonehenge last week for the summer solstice, a new study based on 10 years of archaeological investigations revealed the ancient monument was built to unify all of the people of Britain. For years, experts have tried to uncover the many mysteries of Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric sites, […]

Birds Ended Reign of Super-sized Insects

Posted June 5th, 2012 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Some 300 million years  super-sized insects – some as large as  hawks – swarmed the Earth.  The largest of these mega-insects was a predatory dragonfly-like creature with a wingspan of up to 75 centimeters. That was during the late Carboniferous- early Permian periods, when the atmosphere was rich with oxygen. But then, 150 million years […]

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