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Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived

Posted on 29 Oct 2015 in Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. Image: Bryn Pinzgauer

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Fossil discovery could be the last common ancestor to all apes

Posted on 29 Oct 2015 in Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism, Life

Did great apes start small? Our best guess for the size of the last common ancestor of hominoids – humans, great apes and gibbons – just got a lot daintier, thanks to a fossil primate unearthed at a landfill site in Spain. Image: Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

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Life may have begun 300 million years earlier than we thought

Posted on 19 Oct 2015 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life have hellish origins? Carbon with an organic-like signature has been discovered sealed within a crystal that formed during an interval of Earth’s history named after Hades, the underworld of Greek mythology. The find predates other evidence of life by 300 million years. Image: Image Editor

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When global warming made our world super-hot

Posted on 16 Sep 2015 in Earth Science, Environment, Journalism, Life

In the late 1980s, as the world’s governments were waking up to the problem of climate change, the mud at the bottom of the ocean near Antarctica revealed a surprise. Earth had lived through rapid global warming before. Image: tauntingpanda

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New species of extinct human found in cave may rewrite history

Posted on 10 Sep 2015 in Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

For a century, palaeoanthropologists have generally learned to make do with slim pickings – part of a face here, a jawbone fragment there. Now, from the depths of a cave in South Africa, has come a monster cache of hominin bones from a previously unknown early species of our own genus, Homo. Image: John Hawks/Wits University

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Chatty cellular machines take synthetic biology to next level

Posted on 2 Sep 2015 in Journalism, Technology

Harder, better, faster, stronger. When cells cooperate, they achieve the otherwise impossible, something that could eventually lead to smart cancer therapies. Image: NIAID

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