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Women’s birth canals are extremely variable in shape

If you open a book on human anatomy or human evolution, you will read that women have a hard time giving birth. This happens because the pelvis, the basin-like bone structure that supports our internal organs and connects to the spine and the legs, has... click to read more

  • Lia Betti | Senior Lecturer at Centre for Research in Evolutionary, Social and Inter-Disciplinary Anthropology, Department of Life Sciences, University of Roehampton, London, UK
  • Andrea Manica | Professor at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
Views 550
Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 28, 2019
An ancient affair: a Neandertal woman and a Denisovan man had a daughter

In prehistoric times, at least two groups of hominins (that is, the entity which includes humans and their closest relatives) inhabited Eurasia: Neandertals, who lived throughout Europe and the Near East, and Denisovans, who likely lived in Asia. Genetically, Neandertals and Denisovans were more different... click to read more

  • Viviane Slon | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jun 19, 2019
Early humans inhabited North Africa earlier than thought

East Africa is notably known for yielding the earliest Oldowan stone tools and hominin butchered animal bones. They were excavated at the site of Gona in the Afar (Ethiopia) dated to 2.6 million years ago (Ma). Hence, most paleoanthropologists believed that human ancestors and their... click to read more

  • Mohamed Sahnouni | Professor at National Center for Research on Human Evolution (CENIEH), Burgos, Spain
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on May 22, 2019
How did ant-plant interactions evolve?

What are those ants doing? No, over there. Ants are all kind of the same, right? Nope. Ants are diverse - there are actually more kinds of ants than birds. Some live underground, and some use plants as places to hunt for food or... click to read more

  • Matthew P. Nelsen | Research Scientist at The Field Museum, Integrative Research Center, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Richard H. Ree | Curator at The Field Museum, Integrative Research Center, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Corrie S. Moreau | Curator at Cornell University, Departments of Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Ithaca, NY, USA
Views 983
Reading time 4 min
published on May 3, 2019
Emergent division of labor among clonal ants

What are the benefits of living in society? Sociality has long been proposed to be beneficial because groups can divide labor among individuals to increase their efficiency. Some of the most sophisticated forms of division of labor are found in social insects, such as honeybees,... click to read more

  • Yuko Ulrich | Junior Group Leader at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA & University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Daniel J. C. Kronauer | Associate Professor at The Rockefeller University, NY, USA
  • Christopher K. Tokita | PhD candidate at Princeton University, NJ, USA
Views 1367
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2019