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Evolution & Behaviour

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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 | University Reader at Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, David Attenborough Building, The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, UK
Views 46
Reading time 3 min
published on Apr 25, 2018
Connecting Asia to the human dispersal story

When trying to understand early human migration, timing is everything. We know that humans migrated from the African savannahs through Asia and down into Australia, and this journey is seen as one of our greatest human accomplishments. But we still don't know exactly when we... click to read more

  • Kira Westaway | Assistant Professor at Department of Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering Macquarie University, NSW 2109, Australia
Views 341
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 22, 2018
Swimming Against the Flow

A fundamental and often neglected feature of life on Earth is that all organisms live immersed in fluids. In the case of animals that fly or swim, locomotion is, therefore, a combination of their own movement and the displacements of the surrounding air or water.... click to read more

  • Pablo Oteiza | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA
Views 408
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Mar 8, 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
Views 480
Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2018
Following the traces of fermentation

Yeasts are everywhere. This little bubbly-like single-cell fungus is a superstar of human food culture. Bread, beer, yogurt, cheese, wine and even coffee and cacao require yeast for their preparation. Thanks to Louis Pasteur we know that yeasts are responsible for the process of fermentation... click to read more

  • Anatoly Kozlov | PhD student at Department of Genetics & Evolution, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 540
Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 16, 2018