Scientists confirm pair of skeletons are from same early hominin species
Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:08:30 EST
Separate skeletons suggested to be from different early hominin species are, in fact, from the same species, a team of anthropologists has concluded in a comprehensive analysis of remains first discovered a decade ago.
Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor
Wed, 16 Jan 2019 12:26:50 EST
By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.
Evolution used same genetic formula to turn animals monogamous
Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:07:40 EST
According to a new study that looked at 10 species of vertebrates, evolution used a kind of universal formula for turning non-monogamous species into monogamous species -- turning up the activity of some genes and turning down others in the brain.
What makes two species different?
Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:08:52 EST
For most of the 20th century, scientists believed that the reproductive incompatibility between species evolved gradually as a by-product of adapting to different environments. New research has shown there are more factors at play -- specifically the presence of 'selfish genes,' whose flow among species may dictate whether two species converge or diverge.
'Time is ripe' to use big data for planet-sized plant questions
Tue, 01 Jan 2019 09:45:00 EST
Scientists have issued a 'call to action' to use big data to tackle longstanding questions about plant diversity and evolution and forecast how plant life will fare on an increasingly human-dominated planet.