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Researchers Uncover New Fossil Remains of Recently Discovered Human Relative

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A team of researchers has uncovered partial skeletons of Homo naledi, a recently discovered human relative—a finding that offers new insights into this species and human evolution generally.

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‘Princess Pheromone’ Tells Ants Which Larvae Are Destined to Be Queens

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Scientists have identified a “princess pheromone” that tells an ant colony when a larva is preparing to become a queen.

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Advancing the Science of Science: Patterns of Changing Research Interest Uncovered

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The scientist who ventures away from her original research interest is far rarer than those who stay in familiar territory, according to new research in the emerging field of “the science of research science” published in Nature Human Behavior.

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What Can We Learn from Dinosaur Proteins?

Researchers recently confirmed it is possible to extract proteins from 80-million-year-old dinosaur bones. The discovery sparks hopes for new insights about evolution and environmental change and could even offer useful clues for drug discovery or the search for extraterrestrial life.

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Totally Bizarre Facts About the Star-Nosed Mole

In a new synthesis of anatomy research, scientists showcase the surprising, record-breaking and just plain weird adaptations of the star-nosed mole. The animal eats faster and sports a more sensitive touch organ than any other mammal, is the first mammal known to smell underwater and offers fascinating insights about the brain-body interface.

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Vanderbilt Research Unlocks Molecular Key to Animal Evolution and Disease

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The dawn of the Animal Kingdom began with a collagen scaffold that enabled the organization of cells into tissues.

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Megafaunal Extinctions Driven by Too Much Moisture

Studies of bones from Ice Age megafaunal animals across Eurasia and the Americas have revealed that major increases in environmental moisture occurred just before many species suddenly became extinct around 11-15,000 years ago. The persistent moisture resulting from melting permafrost and glaciers caused widespread glacial-age grasslands to be rapidly replaced by peatlands and bogs, fragmenting populations of large herbivore grazers.

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Eye Expressions Offer a Glimpse Into the Evolution of Emotion

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New research by Adam Anderson, professor of human development at Cornell University’s College of Human Ecology, reveals why the eyes offer a window into the soul. According to the recent study, in Psychological Science, we interpret a person’s emotions by analyzing the expression in their eyes – a process that began as a universal reaction to environmental stimuli and evolved to communicate our deepest emotions.

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Cave-In: How Blind Species Evolve

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Why do animals that live in caves become blind? Charles Darwin originally suggested that eyes could be lost by “disuse” over time. Now, Reed Cartwright, an ASU evolutionary biologist in the School of Life Sciences and researcher at the Biodesign Institute, wants to get to the heart of the matter—and in a recent publication in the journal BMC Evolutionary Biology, may be proving Darwin wrong.

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Discovery of Early, ‘Croc-Like’ Reptile Sheds New Light on Evolution of Dinosaurs

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A new species of ancient reptile has been described by scientists at the University of Birmingham, filling a critical gap in the fossil record of dinosaur cousins and suggesting that some features thought to characterise dinosaurs evolved much earlier than previously thought.







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