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Just how are we related to our chimp cousins?

Posted on 16 Mar 2016 in Human Origins, Journalism

Astonishing fossils are found every year, but we still haven’t dug up the original “missing link”. Where is this last common ancestor of humans and chimps? “I would love to know,” says Sergio Almécija of the George Washington University in Washington DC. “That question is keeping me awake at night.” Image: twoshortplanks

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Oldest ever human genome sequence may rewrite human history

Posted on 14 Mar 2016 in Human Origins, Journalism

The oldest ever human nuclear DNA to be reconstructed and sequenced reveals Neanderthals in the making – and the need for a possible rewrite of our own origins. Image: Javier Trueba, Madrid Scientific Films

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Hear the first audio recordings from the sea’s deepest point

Posted on 4 Mar 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

When film director James Cameron visited the deepest known point on Earth in 2012, he did not see a great deal. But if he had taken some underwater microphones with him he might have heard a lot. Image: rizuan.j

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Rare Australian bird farms nourishing manna from trees

Posted on 3 Mar 2016 in Animal Behaviour, Journalism

An endangered Tasmanian songbird doesn’t have to wait for manna from heaven: it goes out and gathers its own. Image: fveronesi1

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How our ancestors drilled and filled rotten teeth

Posted on 29 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Featured, Health, Journalism

Long before humans invented writing, the wheel and civilisation, they learned how to drill rotten teeth to relieve the pain of tooth decay. Image: Claudio Tuniz

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