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  • Finding Pre-Clovis Humans in the Oregon High Desert

    04/15/2008 6:50:32 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 133+ views
    The Archaeology Channel ^ | Dennis jenkins
    Finding Pre-Clovis Humans in the Oregon High Desert An interview with Dennis Jenkins See Interview About Dennis Jenkins In this interview, conducted at Paisley Five Mile Point Caves on June 13, 2007, by Rick Pettigrew of ALI, Dr. Dennis Jenkins describes the remarkable discovery of human DNA in coprolites dated between 14,000 and 15,000 calibrated years ago. This evidence, reported in the 3 April 2008, issue of the journal Science, strongly supports the proposition that human migrants to North America arrived at least 1000 years before the widespread Clovis complex appeared. The data also support the conclusion that the first...
  • Strange New Fish May See Like Humans

    04/02/2008 6:30:51 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 124+ views on Yahoo ^ | 4/2/08 | LiveScience
    While diving in the harbor of a small island in Indonesia recently, husband and wife Buck and Fitrie Randolph, with dive guide Toby Fadirsyair, found a strange fish and took some pictures. The oddball creature looks like an anglerfish, but different. Its eyes, unlike those of nearly all fish, point forward and may allow the fish to gauge depth the way humans do. The flat fish has tan- and peach-colored stripes and rippling folds of skin that obscure its fins. About the size of a human fist, it is soft and pliable enough to slip into narrow crevices of coral...
  • Humans Have More Distinctive Hearing Than Animals, Study Shows

    04/02/2008 5:56:12 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 61+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-2-2008 | The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Humans Have More Distinctive Hearing Than Animals, Study Shows ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2008) — Do humans hear better than animals? It is known that various species of land and water-based living creatures are capable of hearing some lower and higher frequencies than humans are capable of detecting. However, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and elsewhere have now for the first time demonstrated how the reactions of single neurons give humans the capability of detecting fine differences in frequencies better than animals. They did this by utilizing a technique for recording the activity of single neurons in the auditory...
  • Upright Walking Began 6 Million Years Ago

    03/20/2008 2:54:39 PM PDT · by blam · 144 replies · 1,947+ views
    Newswise ^ | Stony Brook University Medical Center
    Upright Walking Began 6 Million Years Ago Newswise — A shape comparison of the most complete fossil femur (thigh bone) of one of the earliest known pre-humans, or hominins, with the femora of living apes, modern humans and other fossils, indicates the earliest form of bipedalism occurred at least six million years ago and persisted for at least four million years. William Jungers, Ph.D., of Stony Brook University, and Brian Richmond, Ph.D., of George Washington University, say their finding indicates that the fossil belongs to very early human ancestors, and that upright walking is one of the first human characteristics...
  • Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals... Not Natural Selection

    03/20/2008 10:58:20 AM PDT · by blam · 24 replies · 618+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-20-2008 | University of California, Davis.
    Skulls Of Modern Humans And Ancient Neanderthals Evolved Differently Because Of Chance, Not Natural SelectionThe approximate locations of the cranial measurements used in the analyses are superimposed as red lines on lateral (A), anterior (B), and inferior (C) views of a human cranium. (Credit: National Academy of Sciences, PNAS (Copyright 2008)) ScienceDaily (Mar. 20, 2008) — New research led by UC Davis anthropologist Tim Weaver adds to the evidence that chance, rather than natural selection, best explains why the skulls of modern humans and ancient Neanderthals evolved differently. The findings may alter how anthropologists think about human evolution. Weaver's study...
  • Out of Africa, Not Once But Twice

    03/17/2008 8:35:50 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 691+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 3-14-2008 | Jennifer Viegas
    Out of Africa, Not Once But Twice Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Out of Africa March 14, 2008 -- Modern humans are known to have left Africa in a wave of migration around 50,000 years ago, but another, smaller group -- possibly a different subspecies -- left the continent 50,000 years earlier, suggests a new study. While all humans today are related to the second "out of Africa" group, it's likely that some populations native to Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia retain genetic vestiges of the earlier migrants, according to the paper's author, Michael Schillaci. Schillaci, an...
  • Gorillas Caught Making Love, Human Style

    02/14/2008 11:12:42 AM PST · by quark · 126 replies · 1,554+ views ^ | Feb 14, 2008 | Tuan C. Nguyen
    Gorillas have been caught on camera for the first time performing face-to-face intercourse. Humans and bonobos were the only primates thought to mate in this manner. And while researchers have observed wild gorillas engaged in such an act, it had never been photographed. "Our current knowledge of wild western gorillas is very limited, and this report provides information on various aspects of their sexual behavior," said Thomas Breuer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. "It is fascinating to see similarities between gorilla and human sexual behavior demonstrated by our observation."
  • Lice From Mummies Provide Clues To Ancient Migrations

    02/06/2008 5:34:40 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 83+ views
    IHT ^ | 2-6-2008 | John Noble Wilford
    Lice from mummies provide clues to ancient migrations By John Noble Wilford Published: February 6, 2008 When two pre-Columbian individuals died 1,000 years ago, arid conditions in the region of what is now Peru naturally mummified their bodies, down to the head lice in their long, braided hair. This was all scientists needed, they reported Wednesday, to extract well-preserved louse DNA and establish that the parasites had accompanied their human hosts in the original peopling of the Americas, probably as early as 15,000 years ago. The DNA matched that of the most common type of louse known to exist worldwide,...
  • Vets Focus On Neurological Disorders In Dogs, Humans

    01/29/2008 2:26:35 PM PST · by blam · 1 replies · 434+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-29-2008 | University of Missouri.
    Vets Focus On Neurological Disorders In Dogs, HumansParkinson's disease and epilepsy strike millions of people each year. They also affect countless dogs. (Credit: iStockphoto/Greg Henry) ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2008) — Parkinson's disease and epilepsy strike millions of people each year. They also affect countless dogs, and veterinarians at the University of Missouri are working to find ways to treat these and other neurological diseases in both species. Dennis O'Brien, professor of veterinary medicine and surgery and director of the comparative neurology program in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and a team of researchers are investigating the causes and potential treatments...
  • Skin Color Evolution In Fish And Humans Determined By Same Genetic Machinery

    12/17/2007 1:54:31 PM PST · by blam · 20 replies · 99+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-17-2007 | Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
    Skin Color Evolution In Fish And Humans Determined By Same Genetic MachineryOcean sticklebacks are dark colored fish that often migrate into new environments. Multiple stickleback populations have evolved lighter gill and skin colors following colonization of new lakes and streams at the end of the last ice age. Ocean (upper) compared to freshwater creek (lower) sticklebacks, both collected near Vancouver, British Columbia. Scientists have identified a genetic change controlling rapid evolution of skin color in fish, and shown that the same mechanism also contributes to recent evolution of skin color in humans. (Credit: Frank Chan, Craig Miller, and David Kingsley;...
  • Is human evolution speeding up?

    12/12/2007 7:22:02 AM PST · by Renfield · 41 replies · 598+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 12-10-07 | Randolph E. Schmid
    Residents of various continents becoming increasingly different ~~~snip~~~ If evolution had been proceeding steadily at the current rate since humans and chimps separated 6 million years ago, there should be 160 times more differences than the researchers found. That indicates that human evolution had been slower in the distant past, Harpending explained. “Rapid population growth has been coupled with vast changes in cultures and ecology, creating new opportunities for adaptation,” the study says. “The past 10,000 years have seen rapid skeletal and dental evolution in human populations, as well as the appearance of many new genetic responses to diet and...
  • Humans Appear Hardwired To Learn By 'Over-Imitation'

    12/06/2007 8:23:34 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies · 116+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 12-6-2007 | Yale University.
    Humans Appear Hardwired To Learn By 'Over-Imitation' ScienceDaily (Dec. 6, 2007) — Children learn by imitating adults--so much so that they will rethink how an object works if they observe an adult taking unnecessary steps when using that object, according to a new Yale study.Adult retrieves turtle from puzzle box as part of experiment that determined children "over-imitate" adult behavior. (Credit: Yale Department of Psychology) "Even when you add time pressure, or warn the children not to do the unnecessary actions, they seem unable to avoid reproducing the adult's irrelevant actions," said Derek Lyons, doctoral candidate, developmental psychology, and first...
  • Humans Perceive Others' Fear Faster Than Other Emotions

    10/15/2007 2:46:05 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 120+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 10-15-2007 | Vanderbilt University
    Source: Vanderbilt University Date: October 15, 2007 Humans Perceive Others' Fear Faster Than Other Emotions Science Daily — You may not be fully dressed without a smile, but a look of horror will make a faster first impression. Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that the brain becomes aware of fearful faces more quickly than those showing other emotions. New research has found that the brain processes images of fearful faces faster than images of neutral or happy faces. (Credit: Vanderbilt University) "There are reasons to believe that the brain has evolved mechanisms to detect things in the environment that signal...
  • Lost in a Million-Year Gap, Solid Clues to Human Origins

    09/18/2007 4:05:30 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 119+ views
    New York Times ^ | 18 September 2007 | John Noble Wilford
    In the study of human origins, paleoanthropology stares in frustration back to a dark age from three million to less than two million years ago. The missing mass in this case is the unfound fossils to document just when and under what circumstances our own genus Homo emerged. The origin of Homo is one of the most intriguing and intractable mysteries in human evolution. New findings only remind scientists that answers to so many of their questions about early Homo probably lie buried in the million-year dark age. It is known that primitive hominids — human ancestors and their close...
  • Dramatic climate shift didn't kill Neanderthals

    09/13/2007 4:11:20 AM PDT · by Renfield · 26 replies · 298+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 9-12-07 | Michael Kahn
    LONDON - Neanderthals probably fell victim to taller and superior Cro-Magnons rather than catastrophic climate change, researchers said on Wednesday. Using a new method to calibrate carbon-14 dating, the international team found the last Neanderthals died at least 3,000 years before a major change in temperatures occurred. This suggests either modern humans or a combination of humans and less severe climate change caused the species' demise some 30,000 years ago, said Chronis Tzedakis, a paleoecologist at the University of Leeds, who led the study published in the journal Nature.....
  • Ancient Humans Walked But 'Struggled To Run'

    09/11/2007 7:51:26 AM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 741+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-11-2007 | Roger Highfield and Nic Fleming
    Ancient humans walked but 'struggled to run' By Roger Highfield and Nic Fleming Last Updated: 12:01pm BST 11/09/2007 Ancient humans almost certainly walked upright on two legs millions of years ago but may have struggled to run at even half the speed of modern man, according to computer simulations. A University of Manchester study - presented to the British Association for the Advancement of Science Festival of Science in York- proposes that if early humans lacked an Achilles tendon, as modern chimps and gorillas do, then their ability to run would have been severely compromised. Our early ancestors preferred to...
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • Migration of Early Humans From Africa Aided By Wet Weather

    08/30/2007 10:15:20 AM PDT · by blam · 46 replies · 846+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-30-2007 | Geological Society of America
    Source: Geological Society of America Date: August 30, 2007 Migration of Early Humans From Africa Aided By Wet Weather Science Daily — The African origin of early modern humans 200,000--150,000 years ago is now well documented, with archaeological data suggesting that a major migration from tropical east Africa to the Levant took place between 130,000 and 100,000 years ago via the presently hyper-arid Saharan-Arabian desert. This migration was dependent on the occurrence of wetter climate in the region. Whereas there is good evidence that the southern and central Saharan-Arabian desert experienced increased monsoon precipitation during this period, no unequivocal evidence...
  • Early Humans In China One Million Years Ago

    08/06/2007 10:27:06 AM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 793+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 8-2-2007 | American Geophysical Union
    Source: American Geophysical Union Date: August 2, 2007 Early Humans In China One Million Years Ago Science Daily — Chronology and adaptability of early humans in different paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental settings are important topics in the study of human evolution. China houses several early-human (Paleolithic) archaeological sites along the Nihewan Basin near Mongolia, some with artifacts that date back about 1 million years ago. Deng et al. analyze one specific locality in the Nihewan Basin, called the Feiliang Paleolithic Site, where several stone artifacts and mammalian bone fragments have been found buried in basin silts. By analyzing remnant magnetizations of...
  • Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved In Synch, DNA Reveals

    07/26/2007 12:12:38 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 996+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 7-23-2007 | Hope Hamashige
    Elephants, Human Ancestors Evolved in Synch, DNA Reveals Hope Hamashige for National Geographic News July 23, 2007 The tooth of a mastodon buried beneath Alaska's permafrost for many thousands of years is yielding surprising clues about the history of elephants—and humans. A team of researchers recently extracted DNA from the tooth to put together the first complete mastodon mitochondrial genome. The study, published in the journal PLoS Biology, significantly alters the evolutionary timeline for elephants and their relatives. The research may put to rest a contentious debate by showing that woolly mammoths are more closely related to Asian elephants than...
  • Humans walk upright to conserve energy

    07/17/2007 1:42:37 PM PDT · by gpapa · 8 replies · 241+ views
    AP via ^ | July 16, 2007 | RANDOLPH E. SCHMID
    WASHINGTON - Why did humans evolve to walk upright? Perhaps because it's just plain easier. Make that "energetically less costly," in science-speak, and you have the conclusion of researchers who are proposing a likely reason for our modern gait. Bipedalism — walking on two feet — is one of the defining characteristics of being human, and scientists have debated for years how it came about. In the latest attempt to find an explanation, researchers trained five chimpanzees to walk on a treadmill while wearing masks that allowed measurement of their oxygen consumption.
  • Gorillas in the Nursery

    07/05/2007 9:21:10 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 448+ views ^ | Suzanne Fields
    Mary Zwo was six weeks old, neglected by her mother and abused by her father, when she was admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit at a university hospital. Mary was dehydrated, with low blood sugar and at risk of hypothermia. Doctors quickly put her in an incubator. Mary Zwo is a gorilla. "Gorilla babies are similar to human babies," the German zoo director in the western German city of Munster explained to der Speigel magazine. Her human caretakers ("caregivers"?) thought the care in a veterinary clinic wouldn't be good enough.
  • Human greed takes lion's share of solar energy (we can't do ANYTHING right!)

    07/05/2007 3:29:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 624+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | July 3, 2007 | Chee Chee Leung
    HUMANS are just one of the millions of species on Earth, but we use up almost a quarter of the sun's energy captured by plants - the most of any species. The human dominance of this natural resource is affecting other species, reducing the amount of energy available to them by almost 10 per cent, scientists report. Researchers said the findings showed humans were using "a remarkable share" of the earth's plant productivity "to meet the needs and wants of one species". They also warned that the increased use of biofuels - such as ethanol and canola - should be...
  • The One Percent Myth, and the Open Puzzle of Macroevolution

    07/02/2007 12:18:45 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,284+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | July 2, 2007 | Paul Nelson
    Once upon a time, Mary-Claire King and the late Allan Wilson published a paper — that became a widely-cited classic — about the genetic similarity of chimps and humans. “Evolution at Two Levels in Humans and Chimpanzees,” Science 188 (1975):107-116 was, alas, cited far more for proving the genetic near-identity of chimps and humans than for its much more interesting, deeper and more disturbing message...
  • Ancient Trade-Off May Explain Why Humans Get HIV

    06/22/2007 5:32:35 PM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 604+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 6-21-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Ancient trade-off may explain why humans get HIV 19:00 21 June 2007 news service Roxanne Khamsi A protein that protected our human ancestors against a virus that ravaged other primates may now be responsible for our susceptibility to HIV, a new study suggests. The discovery could help scientists predict which viruses found in other species are most likely to cross over and lethally infect humans. The idea that early humans had an immune system that differed from other primates first came about after biologists sequenced the chimp genome. The chimp sequence contains 130 copies of a virus called Pan...
  • Humans a threat to ocean preserve (barf alert!)

    05/28/2007 9:51:19 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 12 replies · 393+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 28, 2007 | Brian MacQuarrie
    SCITUATE -- Just off the Massachusetts coast is one of the richest marine habitats in the United States, an arc of shallow ocean called Stellwagen Bank, where whales, tuna, cod, and dozens of other species have dined on an underwater smorgasbord for thousands of years. Recognizing the critical importance of Stellwagen Bank in 1992, Congress designated the area a national marine sanctuary, a nature preserve where sea life and habitat would be protected while allowing compatible commercial uses such as fishing and whale watching. But today Stellwagen Bank is a sanctuary in name only, according to conservationists and other observers....
  • Dehumanizing Humans: When Animal Rights Trump Our Right to Life

    05/22/2007 9:54:17 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 6 replies · 411+ views
    LifeNews ^ | May 22, 2007 | Laura Echevarria Although I graduated from college with a degree in speech communications, I began as a biology major. I've never ceased to be amazed at how intricately we are made, how marvelously we are woven together. But it is not just our incredible physical complexity. Bioethicist Wesley J. Smith puts our uniqueness this way: “We are moral and intellectual beings with the ability to create, civilize, project over time, and transcend.” Put another way, “[H]uman beings are much more than the mere sum of our parts and functions.”But to some, belief in human superiority (or “exceptionalism”) is a form of...
  • Gene Mutation Linked To Cognition Is Found Only In Humans

    05/10/2007 11:50:52 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 51 replies · 1,202+ views
    Science Daily — The human and chimpanzee genomes vary by just 1.2 percent, yet there is a considerable difference in the mental and linguistic capabilities between the two species. A new study showed that a certain form of neuropsin, a protein that plays a role in learning and memory, is expressed only in the central nervous systems of humans and that it originated less than 5 million years ago. The study, which also demonstrated the molecular mechanism that creates this novel protein, will be published online in Human Mutation, the official journal of the Human Genome Variation Society. Led by...
  • Early Humans Dug For Food, Study Suggests

    05/02/2007 5:47:23 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 486+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-1-2007 | Ker Than
    Early Humans Dug for Food, Study Suggests Ker Than Staff Writer Tue May 1, 9:25 PM ET Early humans might have turned to plant roots and underground storage organs when fruit was scarce, a new study suggests. A 1999 analysis of teeth belonging to two species of hominids, Australopithecus aferensis and Paranthropus robustus, living 2 million years ago found chemical evidence that one-third of their diet consisted of grasses and sedges, or the meat of animals that ate such plants. The finding puzzled some scientists because the hominids had flat, thickly enameled molars best suited for chewing hard, brittle...
  • Ape at Zoo Boise rejected by its mother is being raised by humans

    04/30/2007 8:40:06 AM PDT · by bedolido · 6 replies · 298+ views
    NWCN ^ | 04-29-2007 | Monte Stiles
    The female baby - a type of ape called a gibbon - was born April 9. BOISE, Idaho - The first ape ever born at Zoo Boise is being hand-raised by humans and is gaining weight, after being rejected by its mother. The unnamed female baby -- a type of ape called a gibbon -- was born April 9 and weighed half a pound, but is now up to three-quarters of a pound, zoo director Steve Burns said. Her mother rejected her five days after she was born, Burns said.The female baby - a type of ape called a gibbon...
  • Israeli researchers: 'Lucy' is not direct ancestor of humans

    04/16/2007 8:51:39 AM PDT · by bedolido · 47 replies · 1,775+ views ^ | 4-16-2007 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Tel Aviv University anthropologists say they have disproven the theory that "Lucy" - the world-famous 3.2-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found in Ethiopia 33 years ago - is the last ancestor common to humans and another branch of the great apes family known as the "Robust hominids." The jaw bone of Lucy and the jaw bone of Australopithecus afarensis.
  • Early Humans 'Mined' Tochigi Mountain To Produce Stone Tools (Japan - 35,000+ YA)

    04/13/2007 10:51:01 AM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 462+ views
    Asahi ^ | 4-13-2007 | Nobuyuki Watanabe
    04/13/2007 BY NOBUYUKI WATANABE, THE ASAHI SHIMBUN Humans may have trekked up a mountain 35,000 years ago in what is now Tochigi Prefecture to dig up raw obsidian ore to process into stone tools, archaeologists say. Trapezoid stone tools unearthed on Mount Takaharayama in the prefecture will shed light on early human history in Japan, they added. The tools indicate human beings at the start of the Upper Paleolithic Era (roughly 35,000 years ago) were already "mining" raw stones to produce tools, not just picking them up off the ground, the researchers said. Previous finds had led experts to believe...
  • Arsenic In Chicken Feed May Pose Health Risks To Humans

    04/09/2007 3:51:01 PM PDT · by blam · 32 replies · 1,124+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 4-9-2007 | American Chemical Society
    Source: American Chemical Society Date: April 9, 2007 Arsenic In Chicken Feed May Pose Health Risks To Humans Science Daily — Pets may not be the only organisms endangered by some food additives. An arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed may pose health risks to humans who eat meat from chickens that are raised on the feed, according to an article in the April 9 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society. Roxarsone, the most common arsenic-based additive used in chicken feed, is used to promote growth, kill parasites and improve pigmentation...
  • Humans Can See Race And Sex Even In Simple Out Lines

    04/04/2007 12:45:03 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 1,016+ views
    Live Science ^ | 3-30-2007 | Corey Binns
    Humans Can See Race and Sex Even in Simple Outlines By Corey Binns Special to LiveScience posted: 30 March 2007 12:47 pm ET Adult minds are so keen at spotting race, gender and age that we can correctly guess those features from nothing more than a black-and-white silhouette, new experiments show. "It's surprising how much information the silhouette provides," said Stanford University cognitive psychologist Nicolas Davidenko, who led the study. "We rarely have to identify a person in a silhouette, yet in the experiment, people can do that without difficulty." The way that our brains process faces, he said, seems...
  • Mysterious Migrations

    03/23/2007 3:38:50 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 876+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-23-2007 | Bruce Bower
    Mysterious MigrationsOur prehistoric ancestors journeyed out of Africa on contested roads Bruce Bower It was the most momentous immigration ever, a population realignment that marked a startling departure for our species, Homo sapiens. After emerging in eastern Africa close to 200,000 years ago, anatomically modern people stayed on one continent for roughly 140,000 years before spreading out in force around the world. Then, from 40,000 to 35,000 years ago, our forerunners advanced into areas stretching from what is now France to southeastern Asia and Australia. DIGGING THE PAST. Workers excavate deep into a site near the Russian village of Kostenki,...
  • Pubic Lice Leapt From Gorillas To Early Humans

    03/07/2007 11:22:23 AM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 653+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 3-7-2007 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Pubic lice leapt from gorillas to early humans 18:26 07 March 2007 news service Roxanne Khamsi A genetic analysis of pubic lice suggests the parasites were transferred between early humans and gorillas about 3.3 million years ago. Researchers say the findings suggest close contact between our ancestors and gorillas. But they claim it is far more likely that early humans caught the lice from sleeping in abandoned gorilla nests than from having sex with gorillas. Pubic lice – also known as crabs – can leave irritating spots on the skin when they feed on the blood of their hosts....
  • Walker 'Stone Tools' Weren't Made By Humans, State Archaeologist Says

    03/05/2007 4:32:27 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 766+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 3-5-2007 | Robert Franklin
    Walker 'stone tools' weren't made by humans, state archaeologist says By Robert Franklin, Star Tribune Materials found on a hill above Walker, Minn., were not clearly stone tools dating back 13,000 to 14,000 years, the state archaeologist has concluded. Several experienced archaeologists have concluded that "the great majority of the collection was produced by natural processes," State Archaeologist Scott Anfinson said. "There were a few 'maybe' flakes [of stone], and there were clearly no stone tools of obvious human manufacture or use." Nor is it likely that people lived in the "very uninviting environment" of the Late Glacial age in...
  • Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-Related Diseases Than Other Animals?

    02/25/2007 11:00:34 AM PST · by blam · 16 replies · 539+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-25-2007 | Stanford University
    Stanford University Date: February 25, 2007 Why Do Humans And Primates Get More Stress-related Diseases Than Other Animals? Science Daily — Why do humans and their primate cousins get more stress-related diseases than any other member of the animal kingdom? The answer, says Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, is that people, apes and monkeys are highly intelligent, social creatures with far too much spare time on their hands. "Primates are super smart and organized just enough to devote their free time to being miserable to each other and stressing each other out," he said. "But if you get chronically, psychosocially...
  • Spread Of Modern Humans Occurred Later Than Previously Thought, Profs Say

    02/20/2007 6:28:12 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies · 1,074+ views
    Texas A&M University ^ | 1-11-2007(2-20-2007) | Ted Goebel
    Spread Of Modern Humans Occurred Later Than Previously Thought, Profs Say Thursday, January 11, 2007 The spread of modern humans out of Africa occurred 40,000 to 50,000 years later than previously thought, according to researchers including one Texas A&M University anthropologist. Ted Goebel, associate director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans at Texas A&M, is the author of the paper titled “The Missing Years for Modern Humans” that appears in the Jan. 12 (Friday) issue of Science. Goebel’s paper is one of three published in the current issue of Science dealing with the origins and dispersals...
  • Which Cute Animal Are You? (It's raining and I have nothing else to do)

    01/20/2007 7:08:18 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 148 replies · 1,173+ views
    Cute Ducky ^ | 1/20/2007 | Cute Ducky
    You Are A: Frog! Independent yet still part of a large community, frogs are unique creatures known for their distinctive sound and ability to hop. As a frog, you spend your days sitting on lily pads or climbing trees, searching for delicious insects to eat. While there are some frogs that aren't exactly cute, you are certainly not one of those! You were almost a: Duck or a MonkeyYou are least like a: Groundhog or a TurtleCute Animal Test!
  • Going Under Down Under: Early People At Fault In Australian Extinctions

    01/19/2007 4:06:20 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies · 522+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-19-2007 | Sid Perkins
    Going Under Down Under: Early people at fault in Australian extinctions Sid Perkins A lengthy, newly compiled fossil record of Australian mammals bolsters the notion that humanity's arrival on the island continent led to the extinction of many large creatures there. Archaeological evidence suggests that people arrived in northern and western Australia about 50,000 years ago (SN: 3/15/03, p. 173: Available to subscribers at By 5,000 years later, about 90 percent of the continent's mammals larger than a house cat had gone extinct, says Gavin J. Prideaux, a paleontologist at the Western Australian Museum in Perth. Casualties of that...
  • Countdown begins for Indian in space

    01/01/2007 4:43:17 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 10 replies · 339+ views ^ | 12/31/06 | Pranab Dhal Samanta
    NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 30: Ten days into the New Year, India will launch a space capsule. The 50-kg capsule, which will be brought back after 15-30 days, will be the country’s first big step towards a manned space mission. It’s the first time the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will test its “re-entry and recovery” technology. The capsule will fall somewhere in the Bay of Bengal and will be recovered by the Navy.
  • Humans Migrated Out Of Africa, Then Some Went Back, Study Says

    12/29/2006 3:48:38 PM PST · by blam · 58 replies · 2,898+ views
    National Geographic Society ^ | 12-14-2006 | Stefan Lovgren
    Humans Migrated Out of Africa, Then Some Went Back, Study Says Stefan Lovgren for National Geographic News December 14, 2006 Humans first moved out of Africa about 70,000 years ago, but 30,000 years later some of them moved back. That's according to a new study based on DNA evidence from ancient human remains found in Africa. The study shows that a small group of early humans returned to Africa after migrating to the Middle East. In addition, the research suggests that the humans' return occurred around the same time that another group of humans left the Middle East and moved...
  • Humans Show Big DNA Differences

    11/23/2006 7:09:00 PM PST · by blam · 42 replies · 1,762+ views
    BBC ^ | 11-23-2006
    Humans show big DNA differences DNA comparisons: Gains (green), losses (red), the same (yellow) Scientists have shown that our genetic code varies between individuals far more than was previously thought. A UK-led team made a detailed analysis of the DNA found in 270 people and identified vast stretches in their codes to be duplicated or even missing. A great many of these variations are in areas of the genome that would not damage our health, Matthew Hurles and colleagues told the journal Nature. But others are - and can be shown to play a role in a number of disorders....
  • Modern Humans, Neanderthals May Have Interbred

    10/31/2006 5:28:44 PM PST · by blam · 91 replies · 2,786+ views
    Yahoo - HealthDay ^ | 10-30-2006 | E J Mundell
    Modern Humans, Neanderthals May Have Interbred By E.J. Mundell HealthDay Reporter Mon Oct 30, 5:03 PM ET MONDAY, Oct. 30 (HealthDay News) -- There may be a little Neanderthal in all of us. That's the conclusion of anthropologists who have re-examined 30,000-year-old fossilized bones from a Romanian cave -- bones that languished in a drawer since the 1950s. According to the researchers, these early Homo sapien bones show anatomical features that could only have arisen if the adult female in question had Neanderthal ancestors as part of her lineage. The findings may answer nagging questions: Did modern humans and Neanderthals...
  • New Strain Of Bird Flu Spreads To Humans

    10/30/2006 8:46:00 PM PST · by blam · 43 replies · 867+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-31-2006 | Roger Highfield
    New strain of bird flu spreads to humans By Roger Highfield, Science Editor Last Updated: 1:27am GMT 31/10/2006 A previously unknown and dangerous strain of the H5N1 bird flu has emerged from southern China and has spread from birds to people in South-east Asia, marking a third wave of avian flu and rekindling fears of a global pandemic. Although the H5N1 avian influenza mostly affects birds and infects people only sporadically, the new strain will once again raise fears that it may mutate or combine with a human virus to form a mutant or hybrid capable of passing from person...
  • Ancient Human Hunters Smelt Blood On The Breeze

    10/26/2006 11:04:30 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 673+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 10-26-2006
    Ancient human hunters smelt blood on the breeze 26 October 2006 From New Scientist Print Edition. Our ability to detect the characteristic metallic smell left on the skin after handling iron-containing objects like coins and keys may have evolved for a more gory purpose: to help our hunter ancestors track down wounded prey. Fats on the skin break down to form volatile, strong-smelling substances called ketones and aldehydes when they come into contact with iron - whether it comes from the environment or from haemoglobin in blood - says Dietmar Glindemann, a chemist at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University...
  • Expect a climatic 'wild ride', study says

    10/20/2006 11:27:52 PM PDT · by melt · 16 replies · 587+ views
    CNN ^ | 10/20/06 | CNN
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The world -- especially the Western United States, the Mediterranean region and Brazil -- will likely suffer more extended droughts, heavy rainfalls and longer heat waves over the next century because of global warming, a new study forecasts. But the prediction of a future of nasty extreme weather also includes fewer freezes and a longer growing season. In a preview of a major international report on climate change that comes out next year, a study out of the National Center for Atmospheric Research details what nine of the world's top computer models predict for the lurching of...
  • Bending The Branches (Archaeology - Neanderthals)

    10/20/2006 10:22:23 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies · 817+ views
    Archaeology Magazine ^ | 10-19-2006 | Erij Trinkaus
    Bending the Branches October 18, 2006 A new study of human fossils asks, what if we are the odd ones? (Washington University, St. Louis) Most people think of humans as the top, the apex of the family tree. But new research suggests this quintessentially human infatuation with ourselves may have impaired our judgment. Erik Trinkaus, a paleontologist and Neandertal expert at Washington University in St. Louis, believes that modern human features are unusual enough, compared with ancestral members of the genus Homo, to make us a side branch of the family tree. Neanderthals have generally been seen as evolutionary outcasts,...
  • Moth That Can Kill Humans Is Found Breeding In Britain

    10/13/2006 5:08:09 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,551+ views
    The Telgraph (UK) ^ | 10-14-2006 | Charles Clover
    Moth that can kill humans is found breeding in Britain By Charles Clover, Environment Editor (Filed: 14/10/2006) A moth that can be deadly to humans and strips the leaves off oak trees has been found breeding in Britain in what scientists are saying is the result of climate change. The Oak processionary moth is believed to have arrived in oak trees imported from Tuscany and planted on a housing development before infesting the nearby Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, south-west London. Teams in breathing apparatus were called in to deal with three outbreaks of the moth at Kew a month ago...