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Back off predators!! Herbivorous dinosaur with spiny neck

Sauropod dinosaurs, large herbivores with long neck and tail, include the largest terrestrial animals that ever inhabited the Earth such the giant titanosaur Patagotitan, or the colossal diplodocid Diplodocus. However, some groups of sauropods were not necessarily characterized by their size but by other anatomical... click to read more

  • Pablo A. Gallina | Researcher at Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas; Fundación Azara; Universidad Maimónides, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 19, 2019
Ancient origins of monogamy: do you tolerate your partner because of your genes?

Considering the wonderful diversity of animal form, function, and behavior, it may come as a surprise that some traits have been repeatedly and independently selected throughout evolution. Monogamy - when male and female reproductive partners form a pair bond and share at least some of... click to read more

  • Rebecca Young | Research Associate at Integrative Biology, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Views 202
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Aug 14, 2019
Wolves don’t go doggy in the Alps: two decades of genetic evidence

"Most wolves are hybrids with dogs". It's along with this speculative argument that anti-wolves movements are presently building a case against one of the most emblematic predators, the grey wolf (Canis lupus), as it comes back to Western European forests such as in the Alps.... click to read more

  • Christophe Dufresnes | Researcher at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Luca Fumagalli | Lecturer and Researcher at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 294
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 24, 2019
A timeline for the Denisovans, an enigmatic group of archaic humans

One of the most intriguing revelations in human evolution of the past decade was the announcement in 2010 of the genome of a completely unknown archaic human (hominin), obtained from a girl's fingerbone found buried in Denisova Cave - a three-chambered cavern nestled in the... click to read more

  • Zenobia Jacobs | Professor at Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Richard "Bert" Roberts | Professor at Centre for Archaeological Science, School of Earth, Atmospheric and Life Sciences and Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage, University of Wollongong, Australia
Views 507
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 10, 2019
Overturning the hypothesis for how humans evolved language

Few traits are as uniquely human as complex spoken language. Language, therefore, has interested evolutionary biologists and neuroscientists seeking to understand what makes us, and in particular our brains, distinct from other animals. The first major genetic break in deciphering the underlying biological architecture of... click to read more

  • Elizabeth Atkinson | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Views 365
Reading time 4 min
published on Jul 8, 2019