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Snakes in Decline: Not as Good as You May Think

Snakes are incredibly crucial in each ecosystem to which they are native, despite the fact humans often dislike them. Additionally, when conducting community-level studies, snakes can serve as a conservation model for more secretive or rare animals, like some birds and mammals. In the past couple... click to read more

  • Julie M. Ray | Researcher at La MICA Biological Station, El Copé de La Pintada, Coclé, Republic of Panama
  • Graziella V. DiRenzo | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Integrative Biology; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824; Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, 93101, USA.
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 2, 2020
Distinctive stone tools reveal Siberian Neanderthals originated in eastern Europe

Fossils of Neanderthals were first discovered in western Europe in the mid-nineteenth century. Since then, the behaviours and activities of our closest evolutionary cousins, the regions of the world that they inhabited, and their evolutionary history have been the subject of much scientific enquiry and... click to read more

  • Kseniya Kolobova | Research scientist at Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk, Russia
  • Maciej Krajcarz | Associate Professor at Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warszawa, Poland
  • 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
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 26, 2020
Repurposing of retroviral genes: when foe becomes self

The genomes of all organisms are constantly under attack from a variety of sources, including the everyday effects of solar and ionising radiation together with chemical and oxidative insults. However, there are also more specific threats to our genomes like those that posed through invasion... click to read more

  • Ian A. Taylor | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Jonathan P. Stoye | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 23, 2020
Why so aggressive? Bringing the past into the present

When engaged in a conflict with another, many animals will behave aggressively. We see it in dogs at the dog park, in fish in a fish tanks, in people with bullies at school, and even flies at a garbage bin. However, precisely what motivates an... click to read more

  • Julia Kilgour | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Animal Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
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published on Sep 23, 2020
Our ancestors in Africa ate roasted root vegetables 170 thousand years ago

Almost everyone enjoys roasted root vegetables, and our ancestors were no exception. An archaeological team excavated the remains of starchy rhizomes cooked 170,000 years ago in the Border Cave, South Africa. In total, 55 whole charred rhizomes were recovered from the same species - Hypoxis... click to read more

  • Lyn Wadley | Honorary Professor at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Christine Sievers | Senior Lecturer at University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Sep 15, 2020