Category Archives: Evolution

Human Arrival In Australia Pushed Back 18,000 Years

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post We’ve long known that modern humans, or Homo sapiens, existed in Africa as far back as 200,000 years ago. Early humans in Australia were once thought to have arrived 47,000 years ago, … Continue reading

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Study solves mystery of how first animals appeared on Earth

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist. Lead researcher Associate Professor Jochen Brocks said the … Continue reading

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Brontosaurus is back! New analysis suggests genus might be resurrected

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post. The Brontosaurus has been consigned to extinction not once, but twice – the second time when scientists concluded it was too similar to other long-necked dinosaurs to deserve its own genus. Now … Continue reading

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New DNA from a Neanderthal bone holds evidence of a lost tribe of humans

A femur discovered in a cave in southwestern Germany has provided researchers with firm evidence that a small population of humans left Africa and then vanished, long before the big migration that saw humans populate the globe. Signs of this … Continue reading

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Scientists discover 300,000 year old Homo sapiens fossils

An international research team led by Jean-Jacques Hublin of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and Abdelouahed Ben-Ncer of the National Institute for Archaeology and Heritage (INSAP, Rabat, Morocco) uncovered fossil bones of Homo sapiens along with … Continue reading

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Survival of the fittest

“Survival of the fittest” is a phrase that originated from Darwinian evolutionary theory as a way of describing the mechanism of natural selection. The biological concept of fitness is defined as reproductive success. In Darwinian terms, the phrase is best … Continue reading

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The Top Five Misconceptions About Evolution

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First Americans claim sparks controversy

A study that claims humans reached the Americas 130,000 years ago – much earlier than previously suggested – has run into controversy. Humans are thought to have arrived in the New World no earlier than 25,000 years ago, so the … Continue reading

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Neanderthals ‘self-medicated’ for pain

Neanderthals dosed themselves with painkillers and possibly penicillin, according to a study of their teeth. One sick Neanderthal chewed the bark of the poplar tree, which contains a chemical related to aspirin. He may also have been using penicillin, long … Continue reading

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We Are All Africans

Every person’s DNA contains part of the human story: how our ancestors — lanky, tool-using apes — spread across the planet, colonizing environments as varied as the Himalayas, Arctic and Amazon Basin. Millions of people have had at least part … Continue reading

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Scottish fossils tell story of first life on land

Fossils of what may be the earliest four-legged backboned animals to walk on land have been discovered in Scotland. The lizard-like creatures lived about 355 million years ago, when the ancestors of modern reptiles, birds and mammals emerged from swamps. … Continue reading

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Anatomically Modern Humans

The term anatomically modern humans (AMH) refers in paleoanthropology to individual members of the species Homo sapiens with an appearance consistent with the range of phenotypes in modern humans. Anatomically modern humans evolved from archaic humans in the Middle Paleolithic, … Continue reading

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Humans settled earlier in Australia’s remote outback

Humans started to settle inland Australia 10,000 years earlier than previously believed, scientists said Thursday, after discovering thousands of artefacts and bones in a rock shelter in the remote outback. People are thought to have arrived in Australia around 50,000 … Continue reading

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New technique offers glimpse at human evolution in action

In research published in Science, a Stanford-led international team used a new analytic technique to map recent evolution. The technique relies exclusively on the DNA sequences of modern humans, yet it can reveal rapid changes in the prevalence of different … Continue reading

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The Lost Tribes of Humanity

 

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Guide to the Châtelperronian

The Châtelperronian period refers to one of five stone tool industries identified within the Upper Paleolithic period of Europe (ca 45,000-20,000 years ago). Once thought the earliest of the five industries, the Châtelperronian is today recognized as roughly coeval with … Continue reading

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Biochronology

In paleontology, biochronology is the correlation in time of biological events using fossils. In its strict sense, it refers to the use of assemblages of fossils that are not tied to stratigraphic sections (in contrast to biostratigraphy, where they are). … Continue reading

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Neanderthal diet like early modern human’s

Natural History Museum scientists, working as part of the Gibraltar Caves Project, excavated and studied remains of shell fish and other marine animals such as dolphins from two caves in Gibraltar where Neanderthals once lived and have discovered that Neanderthal … Continue reading

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How Will Humans Evolve?

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Physicists confirm there’s a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

DNA folding is an incredibly important control mechanism. That’s because every single cell in our body contains around 2 metres of DNA, so to fit inside us, it has to be tightly wrapped up into a bundle called a nucleosome – like … Continue reading

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Rise of mammals ‘began well before dinosaur extinction’

Mammals began to flourish well before the end of the dinosaur age, a new study has found. The study saw hundreds of mammal fossil teeth analysed by the Universities of Southampton and Chicago. The findings showed those with varied diets … Continue reading

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