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When were Denisovans and Neanderthals present in Eurasia?

Denisova Cave is an archaeological site in southern Siberia. Russian archaeologists have excavated it for over 30 years. It is the only site in the world we know to have been occupied by three different kinds of humans: Denisovans, Neanderthals, and us. Denisova came to... click to read more

  • Tom Higham | Professor at Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit, Research Lab for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 923
Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 13, 2019
Human's impact on the behavior and cultural diversity of chimpanzees

Safeguarding the earth's biodiversity has become an urgent priority in the current era of unprecedented environmental and ecosystem degradation. Scientists have been monitoring the loss of species, populations, and their genetic diversity. However, they gave comparatively little attention to the influence of human growth and... click to read more

  • Ammie K. Kalan | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Primatology, Leipzig, Germany
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Nov 12, 2019
The taste for human sweat

When we sweat, our pores excrete a compound called lactic acid. Since the 1960s, scientists have known that lactic acid can elicit attraction in mosquitoes, but how they sense this compound has been elusive until now. Mosquitoes are hard-wired for seeking a vertebrate host to... click to read more

  • John S. Castillo | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences & Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
  • Matthew DeGennaro | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences & Biomolecular Sciences Institute, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA
Views 660
Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 4, 2019
Ancient feasts drew people and animals from across Neolithic Britain

Impressive monumental sites such as Stonehenge and Avebury represent some of the most famous prehistoric archaeological sites in the world. They often comprise sites of different character and function, with the Stonehenge complex having the stone circle of Stonehenge, a focus for funerary ritual, the... click to read more

  • Richard Madgwick | Senior Lecturer at School of History, Archaeology and Religion, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK
Views 565
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 30, 2019
Sharks, Seals, and the Balance of Power at Sea

Imagine, like a young Darwin on the Beagle, you took an ocean voyage to observe the natural history of the world. If you were to survey the great predators of the sea, you might notice a curious pattern: near tropical shorelines, "cold-blooded" sharks and bony... click to read more

  • John Grady | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Fisheries and Wildlife and Department of Forestry, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
Views 595
Reading time 4 min
published on Oct 16, 2019