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Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Can We Avert the End of Elephants?

Within the next 10 years, Africa could lose 100,000 elephantsa fifth of the populationto poachers if the slaughter for their ivory tusks continues at current rates, according to a new analysis...

December 12, 2013 — Kate Wong
Why the U.S. Destroyed Its Ivory Stockpile

Why the U.S. Destroyed Its Ivory Stockpile

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ARSENAL NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, COLO.–On a clear day outside Denver, dust filled the air surrounding an industrial rock crusher as it pulverized nearly six tons of confiscated elephant ivory...

November 19, 2013 — Kate Wong
Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up

Case for (Very) Early Cooking Heats Up

Nearly two million years ago our ancestors began to barbecue. And those hot meals, Richard Wrangham argues, are what made us human

September 1, 2013 — Kate Wong

Incas Intoxicated Sacrificial Children in Preparation for Death

She was killed at the age of 13 and placed in a mountaintop shrine in the Argentine high Andes–a sacrifice to the gods. There she lay for some 500 years until 1999, when archaeologists recovered her frozen body along with those of two other separately entombed children, a boy and a girl both between four [...]..

July 30, 2013 — Kate Wong
How to Identify Grief in Animals

How to Identify Grief in Animals

Many species mourn the passing of loved ones, but not every animal response to death qualifies as grief

July 8, 2013 — Kate Wong

Space Ape Parody Shows Why Aquatic Ape Theory Is All Wet

This past weekend the misguided aquatic ape theory surfaced for air, only to get sunk in the most entertaining way. The theory holds that many traits of humans—including our naked skin, upright posture and large brains--evolved as adaptations to living in an aquatic environment...

April 30, 2013 — Kate Wong

Finding My Inner Neandertal

Consumer genetic-testing companies report how much of one's DNA comes from archaic human species, but what do the results really mean?

April 19, 2013 — Kate Wong

Brain Shape Confirms Controversial Fossil as Oldest Human Ancestor

HONOLULU--A seven-million-year-old skull found in the Djurab Desert in Chad may indeed represent the earliest known member of the human family. Researchers unveiled the specimen back in 2002 and made quite a splash with their claim that the ancient fossil was our ancestor...

April 4, 2013 — Kate Wong

Sea Lion Bops to the Beat, Challenging Popular Rhythm Theory

Remember Snowball, the cockatoo who won the internet with his dancing skills? Well, now there’s a new animal keeping the beat alive. Meet Ronan, the California sea lion who bops her head in time to Boogie Wonderland and other tunes (see video below)...

April 1, 2013 — Kate Wong
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