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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
Finding My Inner Neandertal

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 1, 2013 — Kate Wong

The Most Fascinating Human Evolution Discoveries of 2012

Recent years have brought considerable riches for those of us interested in human evolution and 2012 proved no exception. New fossils, archaeological finds and genetic analyses yielded thrilling insights into the shape of the family tree, the diets of our ancient predecessors, the origins of art and advanced weaponry, the interactions between early Homo sapiens and other human species, and other facets of our ancestors' lives...

December 19, 2012 — Kate Wong

Why Florida's Giant Python Hunting Contest Is a Bad Idea

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced that it will hold a month-long competition starting January 12, 2013, “to see who can harvest the longest and the most Burmese pythons” from designated public lands in southern Florida...

December 7, 2012 — Kate Wong

Oldest Arrowheads Hint at How Modern Humans Overtook Neandertals

Archaeologists excavating a cave on the southern coast of South Africa have recovered remains of the oldest known complex* projectile weapons. The tiny stone blades, which were probably affixed to wooden shafts for use as arrows, date to 71,000 years ago and represent a sophisticated technological tradition that endured for thousands of years...

November 7, 2012 — Kate Wong
Caveman Couture

Caveman Couture

Neandertals may have worn dark feathers

November 1, 2012 — Kate Wong
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