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Rethinking the Rise of Mammals

By Bobby Bascomb | November 16, 2015

Mammals diversified 30 million years later than previously estimated, according to a new analysis of an ancient fossil.

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A Tiny Missing Link?

By Bob Grant | November 2, 2015

The common ancestor of all apes, including great apes and humans, may have been not-so-great in stature.

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Evolution of the Penis

By Kerry Grens | October 30, 2015

A phallus-less reptile goes through a developmental stage with external genitalia, suggesting a common origin for the organ among amniotes.

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Dogs Originated in Central Asia

By Karen Zusi | October 21, 2015

Man’s best friend was domesticated near Nepal and Mongolia at least 15,000 years ago, according to a genetic analysis.

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Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?

By Jef Akst | October 20, 2015

A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.

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Polar Dino Discovered

By Bob Grant | September 28, 2015

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

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Tree of Life v1.0

By Jef Akst | September 22, 2015

Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny. 

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New Homo Species Found

By Bobby Bascomb | September 10, 2015

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

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Contributors

By Amanda B. Keener | 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 R. Haven Wiley | September 1, 2015

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

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