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Scientists confirm pair of skeletons are from same early hominin species

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:08:30 EST ~ Separate skeletons suggested to be from different early hominin species are, in fact, from the same species, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a comprehensive analysis of remains first discovered a decade ago. Find out more...

Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:26:50 EST ~ By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago. Find out more...

Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous

Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:07:40 EST ~ According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species -- turning up the activity of some genes and turning down others in the brain. Find out more...

What makes two species different?

Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:08:52 EST ~ For most of the 20th century, scientists believed that the reproductive incompatibility between species evolved gradually as a by-product of adapting to different environments. New research has shown there are more factors at play -- specifically the presence of 'selfish genes,' whose flow among species may dictate whether two species converge or diverge. Find out more...

'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant questions

Tue, 01 Jan 2019 09:45:00 EST ~ Scientists have issued a 'call to action' to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly human-dominated planet. Find out more...

Genetic study reveals how citrus became the Med's favorite squeeze

Thu, 20 Dec 2018 14:11:03 EST ~ Genetic detective work has illuminated the important role of Jewish culture in the widespread adoption of citrus fruit by early Mediterranean societies. Find out more...

450 fossilized millipedes found in 100-million-year-old amber

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 11:56:00 EST ~ Over 450 millipedes, fossilized in 100-million-year-old Burmese amber, were recently discovered by a research team. Using micro-CT technology, the scientists identified 13 out of the 16 main groups of modern millipedes amongst them. For half of these groups, the findings also represent the oldest known fossils. Find out more...

The oldest large-sized predatory dinosaur comes from the Italian Alps

Wed, 19 Dec 2018 07:59:01 EST ~ Early Jurassic predatory dinosaurs are very rare, and mostly small in size. Saltriovenator zanellai, a new genus and species is the oldest known ceratosaurian, and the world's largest (1 ton) predatory dinosaur from the Lower Jurassic (Sinemurian, ~198 Mya). Find out more...

Fossils suggest flowers originated 50 million years earlier than thought

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:52:05 EST ~ The discovery in China of fossil specimens of a flower called Nanjinganthus from the Early Jurassic shakes up widely accepted theories of plant evolution. Find out more...

Peering into Little Foot's 3.67-million-year-old brain

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:51:37 EST ~ MicroCT scans of the Australopithecus fossil known as Little Foot shows that the brain of this ancient human relative was small and shows features that are similar to our own brain and others that are closer to our ancestor shared with living chimpanzees. Find out more...