A study of the University of Cambridge anatomy collection dating from the 1700s and 1800s shows how the bodies of stillborn fetuses and babies were valued for research into human development, and preserved as important teaching aids.
Crucial new evidence has revealed modern humans (Homo sapiens) were likely using fire at Liang Bua 41,000 years ago, narrowing the time gap between the last hobbits (Homo floresiensis) and the first modern humans at this site on the Indonesian island of Flores.
As Independence Day approaches, people across the country are getting ready to celebrate with fireworks. Sparklers are a classic crowd-pleaser, and this week Reactions looks at the chemistry of these July 4th mainstays in super slow-motion. Watch as the special chemical composition of sparklers creates a prolonged, magical experience. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWBcnlMHhHQ.
A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the 'Deep Skull' -- the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia -- has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought. The Deep Skull was also likely to have been an older woman, rather than a teenage boy, the UNSW Australia-led research shows.
Dr. Wang Bo from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues have now reported a diverse insect assemblage of exceptionally preserved debris carriers from Cretaceous Burmese, French, and Lebanese ambers, including the earliest known chrysopoid larvae (green lacewings), myrmeleontoid larvae (split-footed lacewings and owlflies), and reduviids (assassin bugs).
Scientists have discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture -- not by humans, but by insects.
Chew on this: rice farming is a far older practice than we knew. In fact, the oldest evidence of domesticated rice has just been found in China, and it's about 9,000 years old.
By scanning the fossil remains of mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo of South Africa, Dr. Julien Benoit and his colleagues from the University of the Witwatersrand, found that these reptiles, called therapsids, may have evolved hair, and the use of whiskers as a sensory tool in order to operate at night well before the Mesozoic age.
An international team of researchers has discovered the oldest fossil evidence of agriculture, not by humans, but by insects.
A Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) campaign at the site of Gird Lashkir, in Iraq, reveals the evolution from the first farming societies to the consolidation of the first cities of Mesopotamia. The director of the research, UAB professor Miquel Molist, qualifies the area as an archaeological site of exceptional potential, given that there is no other similar site with so many occupancies in the area.