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X-rays of human skull to improve military helmets

November 8, 2019

The human skull is extremely complex. To build helmets that protect it well, we need a detailed understanding…
California leaf-nosed bat. Image credit: Alan Harper via Flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0
Bats evolved diverse skull shapes due to echolocation, diet

May 6, 2019

Humans may be forgiven for overlooking bats. After all, many bat species are out and about when we’re…
Bristol undergraduate reconstructs the skulls of two species of ancient reptile

February 27, 2019

Using two partially fragmented fossil skulls, a student at the University of Bristol has digitally reconstructed, in three-dimensions,…
Extinct weasel relative with confounding skull likely ate meat with a side of veggies

February 27, 2019

New research on an extinct weasel relative reveals what it might have eaten when it lived in North…
Skull Surprise

September 7, 2018

Harvard Medical School researchers based at Massachusetts General Hospital have made two surprising new discoveries about the skull…
Homo naledi had a tiny brain but it looked a lot like ours

May 16, 2018

In Africa, between 200,000 and 300,000 years ago, a small-brained human-like species called Homo naledi roamed the landscape alongside other…
Farming, Cheese, Chewing Changed Human Skull Shape

September 11, 2017

The advent of farming, especially dairy products, had a small but significant effect on the shape of human…
Getting Therapeutic Sound Waves Through Thick Skulls

August 3, 2017

Ultrasound brain surgery has enormous potential for the treatment of neurological diseases and cancers, but getting sound waves…
Fowl-mouthed study finds that diet shaped duck, goose beaks

June 1, 2017

From Charles Darwin’s famous finches to a new study that takes a rare look at a common order…
100,000-year-old human skulls from east Asia reveal complex mix of trends in time, space

March 6, 2017

Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the…
Researchers find combined effects of two genes responsible for premature skull fusion in infants

September 11, 2016

During the first year of life, the human brain doubles in size, and continues expanding through adolescence. The…
“Opening the skull” of patients after head injury reduces risk of death from brain swelling

September 10, 2016

Craniectomy – a surgical procedure in which part of the skull is removed to relieve brain swelling –…
Skull specializations allow bats to feast on their fellow vertebrates

May 12, 2016

Vampire mania aside, bats don’t go for a diet that would make for an exciting Hollywood blockbuster. Most…
Ancestor found of largest bird that ever lived

February 24, 2016

A newly discovered distant relative of the duck has been identified as an ancestor of the biggest bird…
Tiny kangaroos that couldn’t hop outlived their fanged cousins

February 22, 2016

Researchers believe the discovery of a new genus and two new species of extinct non-hopping kangaroos could shed…
Scientists discover stem cells capable of repairing skull, face bones

February 1, 2016

A team of Rochester scientists has, for the first time, identified and isolated a stem cell population capable…
‘Virtual fossil’ reveals last common ancestor of humans and Neanderthals

December 20, 2015

New digital techniques have allowed researchers to predict structural evolution of the skull in the lineage of Homo…
Research differentiates facial growth in neanderthals and modern humans

December 9, 2015

An international research team, led by Rodrigo Lacruz, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Basic Science and…
‘Window to the Brain’ Research to Ramp Up

October 13, 2015

A team of scientists from the University of California, Riverside and three Mexican universities have received about $5…
Bones of Contention: Is Homo Naledi a New Species?

October 3, 2015

The popular science press went bonkers last month with news that fossilized bones of a previously unknown hominid…
The Challenge of Measuring a Bird Brain

June 24, 2015

In research, sometimes setting out to demonstrate one concept actually results in proving something entirely different. It’s important…
Tweaking the beak: Retracing the bird’s beak to its dinosaur origins, in the laboratory

May 13, 2015

Scientists have successfully replicated the molecular processes that led from dinosaur snouts to the first bird beaks. Using…
Stem cells that prevent birth defect also repair facial injury

April 23, 2015

Scientists discover craniofacial stem cells key in skull development, facial bone repair Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause…
Head Rattling Results: Fin Whales Hear with Their Skulls

April 18, 2015

Many of us have heard the haunting call of a whale ‘song,’ but how do the whales themselves…
55,000-year-old skull links modern man in vicinity of Neanderthals

February 2, 2015

Modern Europeans have inherited about 4 percent of their genes from Neanderthals, meaning the two groups mated at…
Ancient DNA sheds light on the origin of Europeans

November 18, 2014

Much of the evidence of where the first Europeans came from was originally derived from comparisons of skulls…
Taung Child’s skull and brain not human-like in expansion

August 26, 2014

The Taung Child, South Africa’s premier hominin discovered 90 years ago by Wits University Professor Raymond Dart, never…
Society bloomed with gentler personalities and more feminine faces

August 2, 2014

Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with apparent reduction in testosterone Modern humans appear in the fossil record…
Discovery of Neandertal trait in ancient skull raises new questions about human evolution

July 8, 2014

The Xujiayao 15 late archaic human temporal bone from northern China with the extracted temporal labyrinth superimposed on…
Development of the skull reflects brain size evolution

April 22, 2014

Some 6,000 species of mammal live throughout the world in a variety of environments on the land, in…
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