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Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration

By | October 13, 2015

A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.

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One-Third of Cactus Species Threatened

By | October 6, 2015

A global assessment of declining cacti populations places responsibility on increasing human activities.


image: <em>Homo naledi</em>’s Hands and Feet

Homo naledi’s Hands and Feet

By | October 6, 2015

Two new analyses of fossil remains from the recently discovered human relative suggest the species may have been uniquely adapted to both terrestrial and arboreal locomotion.


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Early Hominin Hearing

By | September 29, 2015

Based on the structure of fossilized skulls and ear bones, researchers learn that early hominins heard sounds best between the frequencies that humans and chimpanzees do.

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image: Polar Dino Discovered

Polar Dino Discovered

By | September 28, 2015

Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.


image: Tree of Life v1.0

Tree of Life v1.0

By | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 


image: Behind the <em>H. naledi</em> Find

Behind the H. naledi Find

By | September 10, 2015

See scientists at work near the site where a new Homo species was recently found.


image: New <em>Homo</em> Species Found

New Homo Species Found

By | September 10, 2015

Researchers describe H. naledi, an ancient human ancestor of unknown age that may have buried its dead.


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By | September 1, 2015

Meet some of the people featured in the September 2015 issue of The Scientist.


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Do Mine Ears Deceive Me?

By | September 1, 2015

A new approach shows how both honesty and deception are stable features of noisy communication.

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