When three species of human ancestor walked the Earth

Homo erectus word cloud (stock image).Credit: © ibreakstock / Adobe Stock An international team, including Arizona State University researcher Gary Schwartz, have unearthed the earliest known skull of Homo erectus, the first of our ancestors to be nearly human-like in their anatomy and aspects of their behavior.advertisement Years of painstaking excavation at the fossil-rich site of Drimolen, nestled […]

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Surprising research: Prehistoric hyenas and humans share migration patterns

Prehistoric humans left Africa for the first time about 2 million years ago. The research community has been aware of this for some time. Now, novel research reveals that hyenas apparently did the same thing.advertisement ‘Our new study shows that prehistoric humans and hyenas left Africa at approximately the same time. And like humans, spotted […]

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Preventing spread of SARS coronavirus-2 in humans

Virus illustration (stock image).Credit: © solvod / Adobe Stock Several coronaviruses circulate worldwide and constantly infect humans, which normally caused only mild respiratory disease. Currently, however, we are witnessing a worldwide spread of a new coronavirus with more than 90,000 confirmed cases and over 3,000 deaths. The new virus has been named SARS coronavirus-2 and has […]

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Noises from human activity may threaten New England’s freshwater soundscape

Sounds produced by human activities — anthropogenic sounds — account for more than 90 percent of the underwater soundscape in major freshwater habitats of New England. Rodney Rountree of The Fish Listener in Massachusetts, and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Victoria, and colleagues present these findings in the open-access journal PLOS ONE on March 18, […]

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Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

Neanderthal and modern human skulls (stock image).Credit: © Bruder / Adobe Stock For three years, anthropologist Alan Rogers has attempted to solve an evolutionary puzzle. His research untangles millions of years of human evolution by analyzing DNA strands from ancient human species known as hominins. Like many evolutionary geneticists, Rogers compares hominin genomes looking for genetic […]

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