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Child tooth is fourth fossil clue to mysterious Denisovan humans

Posted on 7 Jul 2017 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Three becomes four. The extraordinarily sparse fossil record of the Denisovans – an ancient form of human – has gained one more specimen: a tiny, worn tooth belonging to a young girl. Image: Slon et al. Sci. Adv. 2017; 3: e1700186

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We have still not found the missing link between us and apes

Posted on 18 May 2017 in Evolution, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

Scientists have been on the trail of our Last Common Ancestor with other apes for decades, and they still have not found it. But many are convinced that they have established enough information to make the hunt a lot easier. Image: ex_magician

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Resurrected organisms reveal life’s bare essentials

Posted on 17 May 2017 in Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Life

Resurrected microbes aren’t just fascinating oddities. By inhabiting a twilight zone between life and death, they offer a unique opportunity to probe the very nature of life itself. Image: NASA Goddard Photo and Video

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It’s not just human toddlers that are fussy eaters

Posted on 3 Apr 2017 in Animal Behaviour, Evolution, Featured, Journalism

Food is often in short supply, so why would a toddler or young animal refuse to eat when it is available? A full explanation is still some way away, but biologists have developed several ideas that can help to explain why. Image: Muffet

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Traces in rock may be the oldest evidence of life on Earth ever

Posted on 1 Mar 2017 in Earth Science, Evolution, Featured, Journalism

Are we closing in on life’s cradle? What is claimed to be the oldest evidence of life on Earth yet found backs the idea that the first microbes originated around hydrothermal vents on the seafloor – but the work is already proving controversial. Image: Matthew Dodd

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Breath of life: Did animals evolve without oxygen?

Posted on 18 Jan 2017 in Earth Science, Evolution, Journalism

At the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea, just south of Greece, there is a lake. Complete with a delicate shoreline and an inviting deep blue surface, the L’Atalante basin looks almost like a lake on land. But this is an inhospitable place. Image: crimsonwoods_flickr

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