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Humans were changing the planet earlier than we knew

September 2, 2019

Humans had caused significant landcover change on Earth up to 4000 years earlier than previously thought, University of…
Homo naledi had wear-resistant molars

March 13, 2018

Homo naledi’s relatively taller and more wear resistant molars enabled it to have a much more abrasive diet…
Remains of Earliest Modern Human Outside of Africa Unearthed in Israel

January 31, 2018

A jawbone complete with teeth recently discovered at Israel’s Misliya cave has now been dated to 177,000-194,000 years…
The first of our kind

June 9, 2017

New finds of fossils and stone tools from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud, Morocco, push back the…
Mastodon discovery in San Diego shakes up our understanding of early humans in the new world

April 27, 2017

An Ice Age paleontological-turned-archaeological site in San Diego preserves 130,000-year-old bones and teeth of a mastodon that show…
Homo erectus walked as we do

July 13, 2016

Fossil bones and stone tools can tell us a lot about human evolution, but certain dynamic behaviours of…
Hominins may have been food for carnivores

April 29, 2016

An international team of researchers including Camille Daujeard of the Muséum National D’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France, and…
Study reveals the effect of genetic ‘knockouts’ on human health

March 8, 2016

The study, published in Science, found that individuals with certain inactive genes, or ‘knockouts’, did not have any…
Gorilla and human Y chromosomes are highly similar, new method reveals

March 4, 2016

A new, less expensive, and faster method has been developed to determine the DNA sequence of the male-specific…
Reading an ancient bond in the look of puppy love

March 2, 2016

Anyone who owns a dog is familiar with the “gaze”—that hypnotic, imploring stare that demands reciprocation. It can…
Larger (relative) brains = higher IQ

January 27, 2016

Why do humans and dolphins evolve large brains relative to the size of their bodies while blue whales…
Millet: the missing piece in the puzzle of prehistoric humans’ transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers

December 15, 2015

New research shows a cereal familiar today as birdseed was carried across Eurasia by ancient shepherds and herders…
Newly Evolved, Uniquely Human Gene Variants Protect Older Adults from Cognitive Decline

December 2, 2015

Many human gene variants have evolved specifically to protect older adults against neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases, thus preserving…
New human ancestor species discovered

May 29, 2015

A new relative joins “Lucy” on the human family tree. An international team of scientists, led by Curator…
Video Highlights UA-Led Research on Human Evolution, Climate

May 18, 2015

A new documentary provides insight into how ancient climate affected human evolution. The video, available on YouTube, focuses…
Nature or nurture? It’s all about the message

September 4, 2014

Were Albert Einstein and Leonardo da Vinci born brilliant or did they acquire their intelligence through effort? No…
Extinct human cousin gave Tibetans advantage at high elevation

July 7, 2014

Tibetans were able to adapt to high altitudes thanks to a gene picked up when their ancestors mated…
Mexican genetics study reveals huge variation in ancestry

June 13, 2014

The genetic diversity of Mexican populations is reflected in the composition of chromosomes of mixed ancestry throughout Mexico.…
What makes us human?

June 9, 2014

What makes us human? What separates humans from other animals, including our closest relatives?   Thomas Henry Huxley was…
Illumina announces $1000 whole human genome sequencing machine

January 21, 2014

Genome sequencing-technology company, Illumina, based in San Diego has announced (at the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference) that…
Two million years ago, human relative ‘Nutcracker Man’ lived on tiger nuts

January 9, 2014

This is Olduvai Hominid 5 (OH 5), the most famous of the early human fossils, which was found…
Domestication of dogs may have elaborated on a pre-existing capacity of wolves to learn from humans

December 4, 2013

The researchers conclude that the ability to learn from other species, including humans, is not unique to dogs…
Two human proteins found to affect how ‘jumping gene’ gets around

November 22, 2013

This is a dramatic rendering of a technique used in this study, in which frozen cells were broken…
Ancient giant sloth bones suggest humans were in Americas far earlier than thought

November 21, 2013

Panoramic view and orientation of the bones: (a) the bonebed showing the 1 m grid used to reference…
Fast-mutating DNA sequences shape early development

November 11, 2013

Dr. Pollard’s lab developed a unique algorithm to hunt down fast-mutating DNA sequences. In so doing they have…
Study suggest local East African climate variability contributed to human evolution

October 18, 2013

Susanne Shultz and Mark Maslin of Britain’s University of Manchester and University College respectively have published a paper…
Of Dogs and Disabilities

September 30, 2013

The new documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancementexplores the difficult relationship of human enhancement and the disability movement.…
Getting here from there: Mitochondrial genome clarifies North American migration models

September 26, 2013

It is generally agreed that the ancestors of modern Native Americans were Asian peoples who migrated to North…
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