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How wombats poop cubes

A great mystery of the natural world has been how wombats make cubic faeces from their round anus. Wombats are the only species known to make these box-shaped poops which scientists believe they strategically place to communicate with each other. The cubic shape helps the... click to read more

  • Zoé Valbret | PhD Student at University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
Views 3214
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Apr 21, 2021
How the ancient ‘hell ant’ got its bizarre horn

Imagine our planet about 145-66 million years ago during the ancient Cretaceous period. Dinosaurs may perhaps come first into your mind as the most iconic ancient animal. But of course, many other organisms lived together as parts of the ancient ecosystem, including ants. Many ancient ants... click to read more

  • Christine E. Sosiak | PhD Student at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
  • Phillip Barden | Assistant Professor at Department of Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Views 1724
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 20, 2021
Let’s live together: sharing with others may help us live longer

No one is an island – sharing with others is a key social characteristic of ours, which has made humans successful throughout evolution. Receiving help from others makes it easier to provide our needs and survive during vulnerable stages of our lives – it is... click to read more

  • Tobias Vogt | Assistant Professor at Population Research Centre, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands; Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India; Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
  • Fanny Kluge | Research Scientist at Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany
Views 1490
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 14, 2021
Extending the genomic record of human diversity

The genetic material of any two humans is 99.9% identical, but the small differences that do exist between our genomes provide a record of the complex evolutionary history we have undergone as a species. Over the past decade, scientists have sequenced a large number of... click to read more

  • Anders Bergström | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, UK; The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Views 1502
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 25, 2021
A ghost population of the Ice Age hidden in a Mexican cave

More often than we admit, we ignore things that are right in front of us, simply because they do not match "our reality", or our current understanding of it. A priori beliefs can weigh heavily on our capacity to see diversity and detect the unknown... click to read more

  • Ciprian F. Ardelean | Professor at Autonomous University of Zacatecas (UAZ), Zacatecas, Mexico
Views 2300
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 11, 2021