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Laziness: Lifeline or death knell?
Laziness: Lifeline or death knell?
Paleoanthropologists said last week that laziness led to the extinction of one of humanity’s close cousins. But now evolutionary biologists have...
Mining joy from anxiety’s depths
Mining joy from anxiety’s depths
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Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
Ancient DNA changes everything we know about the evolution of elephants
For a long time, zoologists assumed that there were only two species of elephant: one Asian and one African. Then genetic analyses suggested that...
Only dishonest mental gymnastics can hold up the hypothesis of race ‘science’
Only dishonest mental gymnastics can hold up the hypothesis of race ‘science’
One man made thousands — possibly hundreds of thousands — of children sick. Many of them died and many will continue to die, because...
Storytelling an evolutionary tool of our humanity
Storytelling an evolutionary tool of our humanity
Author Ursula Kroeber Le Guin once wrote that “there have been a great many societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no...
Naledi is our spirit, not simply old bones
Naledi is our spirit, not simply old bones
The global fight against patriarchy and the treatment of women as inferior has witnessed the rise of the use of the term humankind instead of...
Pope Francis: evolution and creation both right
Pope Francis: evolution and creation both right
It is possible to believe in evolution and the Catholic Church's teaching on creation, Pope Francis has said, as he cautioned against portraying...
Move with the times and you'll defeat inequality
Move with the times and you'll defeat inequality
The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. It's the phrase that launched a thousand editorials, most of them decrying the...
Not so cocky: Roosters lose penises to please hens
Not so cocky: Roosters lose penises to please hens
The revelation came from research published in the journal Current Biology. It said male chickens kill their own penises in the...
'Ancestor' fossils show evolving early humans
'Ancestor' fossils show evolving early humans
The two fossils are some of the most preserved specimens ever studied, and were found in 2008 by Professor Lee Berger, of the Evolutionary...
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst
Ape genes show we have gorillas in our midst
Our ancestors made the evolutionary split with gorillas around 10-million years ago, but we still share a remarkable number of genes with the great...
Earliest mammals sniffed their way to success
Earliest mammals sniffed their way to success
A new analysis of some of the earliest mammals and mammal-like creatures shows their complex brains evolved in stages, starting with the regions...

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