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Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Clock Reset on Denisovan-Neanderthal Split
Kerry Grens | Mar 14, 2016
Nuclear DNA from 430,000-year-old specimens indicates that Neanderthals had already diverged from their ancient-human predecessors.
“Carolina Butcher” Prowled Triassic North America
“Carolina Butcher” Prowled Triassic North America
Bob Grant | Mar 20, 2015
Researchers find the oldest and largest crocodile relative yet discovered.
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Ancient Moss Reincarnated
Jef Akst | Mar 18, 2014
Antarctic moss beds that have been frozen for more than 1,500 years yield plants that can be brought back to life in the lab.
Week in Review: January 6–10
Week in Review: January 6–10
Tracy Vence | Jan 10, 2014
Bacterial genes aid tubeworm settling; pigmentation of ancient reptiles; nascent neurons and vertebrate development; exploring simple synapses; slug-inspired surgical glue
Ancient Mammalian Fossil Found
Ancient Mammalian Fossil Found
Kate Yandell | Aug 16, 2013
The chipmunk-sized Rugosodon eurasiaticus is the oldest representative of a prolific and long-lasting mammalian lineage.
Book Excerpt from The Murder of Cleopatra
Book Excerpt from The Murder of Cleopatra
Pat Brown | Mar 1, 2013
In Chapter 1, “The Coldest Case,” author and criminal profiler Pat Brown sets the scene for her quest to prove that the Egyptian queen did not commit suicide.
CSI: Ancient Alexandria
CSI: Ancient Alexandria
Pat Brown | Mar 1, 2013
A reexamination of the facts surrounding the death of Cleopatra VII reveals that the Egyptian queen was murdered—and not by an asp.
DNA Reveals Ancient Looks
DNA Reveals Ancient Looks
Dan Cossins | Jan 17, 2013
By analyzing a collection of 24 genetic variations, researchers are able to predict the hair and eye color of long-dead humans.
New Human Species Discovered
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2012
Fossils from northern Kenya point to a new human species that lived in Africa nearly 2 million years ago.
Live Slow, Die Old
Ed Yong | May 17, 2012
Ancient bacteria living in deep-sea sediments are alive—but with metabolisms so slow that it’s hard to tell.