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Probing the evolution of photosynthetic life on the early Earth

In a famous cartoon, a fish morphs slowly into a human as it forsakes water for dry land. With sly humor, this doodle actually captures a pervasive narrative of evolutionary history: the oceans are life's cradle, with life gaining the continents only later. Seemingly, the... click to read more

  • Andrew H. Knoll | Professor at Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Views 723
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 19, 2018
Did Homo naledi meet Homo sapiens in South Africa?

Our research team has determined the age of Homo naledi, a new species of hominin (human ancestor), from the Rising Star Cave in The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa. We have also announced the discovery of a second chamber (the Lesedi Chamber)... click to read more

  • Hannah Hilbert-Wolf | Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Lecturer at James Cook University, Geosciences, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Paul Dirks | Professor at James Cook University, Geosciences, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Eric Roberts | Associate Professor, Head of Geosciences at James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia
Views 1199
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2018
Moby, can you hear me whale?

Under the name "whale" lies an important diversity of aquatic mammals. Usually, scientists divide them into three groups. "Baleen whales", also called whales with mustache, is an extant group including the humpback whales and the largest animals that ever lived on earth, the blue whales.... click to read more

  • Mickaël Mourlam | PhD student at Département FORME, Institut des Sciences de l'Évolution, Université de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
Views 1224
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 11, 2018
How cats conquered the Ancient world: a 9,000-years DNA tale

When animals became domesticated, they gained protection from starvation, predation and disease but lost freedom. This is very well exemplified with the dog, the first animal that had been domesticated and that is very different from its ancestor, the wolf, in terms of behavior, morphology... click to read more

  • Eva-Maria Geigl | Research Director at National Research Center CNRS, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris Diderot, 15 rue Helene Brion, 75013 Paris, France
  • Thierry Grange | Research Director at National Research Center CNRS, Jacques Monod Institute, University Paris Diderot, 15 rue Helene Brion, 75013 Paris, France
Views 922
Reading time 4 min
published on Sep 20, 2017
Homo floresiensis – little species, big mystery

A new kind of human, Homo floresiensis was a surprise discovery in 2003 by an Australian-Indonesian archaeological team who were trying to find the origins of the first Australians. Their focus was Liang Bua cave, on the island of Flores, Indonesia. Instead of finding modern... click to read more

  • Debbie Argue | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Archaeology and Anthropology, College of Arts and Social Science, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
Views 906
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 5, 2017