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To Retain a Brain

By | January 1, 2016

Exceptional neural fossil preservation helps answer questions about ancient arthropod evolution.

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Not Your Average Deer

By | December 4, 2015

A new fossil species helps resolve the evolutionary relationships of an extinct group of ruminants.

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Denisovan DNA Reveals Human Roots

By | November 19, 2015

The ancient genomes of 50,000-year-old Denisovan teeth suggest the extinct species lived alongside Neanderthals and modern humans.

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Ancient DNA Sheds Light on Peopling of Americas

By | October 28, 2015

An analysis of centuries-old genetic material from two infants who lived near the Bering Strait suggests that people came to North America in a single wave from Asia about 25,000 years ago.

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Fossil Teeth Rewrite Human Migration to Asia

By | October 16, 2015

Researchers in China have discovered 47 human teeth and suggest that they are between 80,000 and 120,000 years old—about 30,000 years earlier than Homo sapiens were believed to have made it to Asia.

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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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New Species Links River and Oceanic Dolphins

By | September 2, 2015

Fossilized remains from a river dolphin relative provide some details about when the mammals left the oceans.

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Speaking of Science

By | September 1, 2015

September 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Color Clues in Dino Fossils

By | August 31, 2015

Researchers confirm that some microscopic imprints in fossilized dinosaur feathers are pockets of melanin.

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