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The social life of a fish shoal in ancient times

The coordinated movements of bird flocks, fish schools, and insect swarms are among the most impressive collective behaviors in the animal world. Such coordination can be achieved by simple behavioral rules for social interactions, like avoiding a collision from close neighbors and attraction towards distant... click to read more

  • Nobuaki Mizumoto | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 16, 2019
Long-dead dinosaurs support new life

Modern scientific equipment has revolutionized the study of hidden life. Advances in genetic sequencing allow us to discover mysterious worlds of diverse microbes in Earth's harshest environments or within our bodies. Life also hides from us through time. Studying long-extinct creatures can be challenging. We must... click to read more

  • Evan T. Saitta | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Integrative Research Center, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL, USA
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Reading time 3 min
published on Nov 20, 2019
The ancient origin of some modern Asian populations revealed by ancient DNA

The origin and the evolution of today's diverse populations is a complex process to study and clarify. Nevertheless, the recovery of genetic material from old remains such as bones, the so-called ancient DNA (aDNA), adds a new important source of information. aDNA can provide information on... click to read more

  • Veronika Siska | PhD student at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
  • Andrea Manica | Professor at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
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Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 25, 2018
Did Homo naledi meet Homo sapiens in South Africa?

Our research team has determined the age of Homo naledi, a new species of hominin (human ancestor), from the Rising Star Cave in The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, South Africa. We have also announced the discovery of a second chamber (the Lesedi Chamber)... click to read more

  • Hannah Hilbert-Wolf | Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Lecturer at James Cook University, Geosciences, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Paul Dirks | Professor at James Cook University, Geosciences, Townsville, QLD, Australia
  • Eric Roberts | Associate Professor, Head of Geosciences at James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia
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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2018
Plants have deep roots in time

Plants capture sunlight to turn water and carbon dioxide into food and oxygen. This seemingly simple process is called photosynthesis. Without it we wouldn't be able to eat and breathe. What framed the benignant greenery, how did plants come to paint the Earth emerald and... click to read more

  • Stefan Bengtson | Professor emeritus at Department of Palaeobiology, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Box 50007 SE-104 05, Stockholm, Sweden.
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Dec 6, 2017