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Were Ancient Hominins Hearing Sounds Differently Than Modern Humans?

By | Tue, 05/14/2013 - 00:17

The oldest fossil hominin ear bones ever found show partly modern human features—our ancient Australopithecus and Paranthropus ancestors had hearing abilities somewhere between ours and those of modern apes.

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‘Talking’ Monkeys: Gelada Baboons’ Social Lip-Smacking Hints at Human Language Evolution [VIDEO]

By | Tue, 04/09/2013 - 00:22

Are these talking monkeys? Wild gelada baboons, native to Ethiopia, make lip-smacking sounds while socializing that sound surprisingly like human speech.

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Neanderthal-Human Hybrid Remains: First Proof of Interbreeding?

By | Thu, 03/28/2013 - 19:02

Neanderthal-human hybrid fossil remains may have been identified- a skeletal jawbone found in Italy suggests evidence of gradual interbreeding.

Human Fossils

‘Mitochondrial Eve’: Common Ancestor of All Humans Actually Lived 160,000 Years Ago

By | Fri, 03/22/2013 - 20:33

New analysis challenges the timescale of two major events in human evolution– the first migration out of Africa, and the lifetime of mitochondrial Eve, the “mother of all humans” and last common ancestor for maternal lineages.

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Multiple Sclerosis Gene Mutations Were Originally a Positive Evolutionary Adaptation

By | Fri, 03/22/2013 - 18:00

The genes that lead to autoimmune inflammatory diseases like MS, Crohn’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis may have actually benefited our early ancestors– more evidence for the hygiene hypothesis.

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Why Do Humans Cry? Scientist Says Tears Served as a Means of Communication Before the Evolution of Language

By | Fri, 02/01/2013 - 10:44

A leading scientist says that the human phenomenon of emotional crying is hugely important and developed as a way for humans to communicate how they feel before the emergence of language.

monkey

Researchers Trace Origin of HIV to 12 Million Years Ago

By | Fri, 01/25/2013 - 17:52

Researchers from the University of Washington in Seattle have discovered that HIV’s origin can be traced back 5 to 12 million years.

Neanderthal

Leading Scientist Seeks "Extremely Adventurous" Woman to Have Cloned Neanderthal Baby

By | Wed, 01/23/2013 - 09:19

A leading geneticist from Harvard Medical School has created a master plan to bring back the long-extinct Neanderthals. All he needs is an "extremely adventurous female human" to serve as surrogate mother to deliver a cloned Neanderthal baby.

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Stone Age Human Fossil Reveals Evolutionary Origins of Modern Asians

By | Tue, 01/22/2013 - 12:22

A DNA analysis of a 40,000-year-old human skeleton dug up in China has revealed genetic clues to the Stone Age evolution, according to a new study. After analyzing the genetic material extracted from the ancient leg bone found in a cave near Beijing, scientists were able to link some of the earliest modern humans to settle in China to the people living in the region today.

Evolution Explains Why Our Fingers Become Pruney in Water

By | Wed, 01/09/2013 - 16:53

A study revealed that our hands might have evolved to wrinkle in order to grip wet objects.

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Human Hands Evolved to Punch, New Theory Argues

By | Fri, 01/04/2013 - 16:25

Human hands might have evolved not just for the manual dexterity needed to create tools and paint masterpieces, but for another, less elegant purpose: punching.

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Brains and Brawn Really Don't Go Together: Why Brainy Fish Are Smarter, but Smaller and Have Less Offspring

By | Thu, 01/03/2013 - 13:56

New study proves that you really can't have the brains and the brawn, after researchers found that a boost in brain size and cognitive ability comes at an expensive price.

Human Evolution Gained Momentum Due to Sudden Changes in Environment: Study

By | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 17:15

Environmental changes that occurred over two million years ago may have lead to human evolution.

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Selfish Monkey Brains Keep Track of "Selfless" Acts

By | Wed, 12/26/2012 - 15:56

Monkeys aren't particularly generous, but a new study revealed that when they do act selflessly, a specific part of their brains keeps count of these kindnesses.

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Human Hand Evolved to Throw Knock-Out Punches

By | Fri, 12/21/2012 - 09:51

Your hands didn't evolve just for the sake of making tools, they're shaped the way they are for you to make a fist to punch others in a fight.

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