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Evolution

Lucy had an ape-like brain

Three-million-year-old brain imprints show that Australopithecus afarensis infants may have had a long dependence on caregiversCredit: Philipp Gunz, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 The species Australopithecus afarensis inhabited East Africa more than…

Surprising hearing talents in cormorants

Credit: SDU Many aquatic animals like frogs and turtles spend a big part of their lives under water and have adapted to this condition in various ways, one being that they have excellent hearing under water. A new study shows…

Untangling the social lives of spiders

Credit: Noa Pinter-Wollman The idea of a complex spider society--in which thousands of spiders live, hunt, and raise their young together in a single colony--is unsettling to many of us. We are perhaps lucky then that this scene is…

Sturgeon genome sequenced

Credit: Andreas Hartl Sometimes referred to as the "the Methuselah of freshwater fish", sturgeons and their close relatives are very old from an evolutionary point of view. Fossils indicate that sturgeons date back 250 million…

Neanderthals ate mussels, fish, and seals too

International research team with participation from University of Göttingen find it wasn't just Homo sapiens who sourced food from the sea -- impact on cognitive abilities suspectedCredit: João Zilhão Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals…