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'New species' of ancient human found - BBC News

'New species' of ancient human found - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new species of ancient human has been unearthed in the Afar region of Ethiopia, scientists report.
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This absolutely made my morning. I always knew my family tree was complicated, but never appreciated how complicated.

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Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)?

Why Don't Animals Get Schizophrenia (and How Come We Do)? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research suggest an evolutionary link between the disorder and what makes us human
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The price our species pays for the complexity of the human brain may well be the disorders of mind.

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Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa

Skull Fossil Offers New Clues on Human Journey From Africa | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a 55,000-year-old skull fossil that they say is a missing connection between African and European populations.
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I love physical anthropology and archeology. I can't help wondering outside the box on this. Given that there is one skull and from a specimen that may have died young, could it be that this is an unsuccessful breeding of Neanderthal and more modern human? This doesn't preclude such interbreeding but rather asks the question of the process of compatibility, were the two populations always able to breed making them one species or was the process more involved.

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Fossil With Proto Jaws Finally Found. In the Burgess Shale, Naturally.

Fossil With Proto Jaws Finally Found. In the Burgess Shale, Naturally. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, weird fish ruled the world. The oceans teemed with primitive vertebrates that lacked eyes, ears, and even fins. Fish ate by sucking up water and debris from the ocean floor, filtering out the goodies, and then releasing the rest through their gills. Once fish evolved jaws,...
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A fascinating link in the chain of evolution.

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Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News

Oldest stone tools pre-date earliest humans - BBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Stones tools that are 3.3 million years old have been unearthed pre-dating the earliest-known humans in the Homo genus.
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Fascinating, especially since I can't use a hammer or screwdriver without hurting myself. Got to love physical anthropology and archeology.

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Oldest human fossil found in Ethiopia, predating others by 400,000 years

Oldest human fossil found in Ethiopia, predating others by 400,000 years | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The left side of a lower jaw is thought to be part of the Homo lineage and dates back 2.8 million years ago VIDEO
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This is the kind of a once in a lifetime find of which paleo-anthropologists dream. A hominid jaw that helps fill in the timeline of human evolution. WOW!

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New fossil find reveals tiny hedgehog the size of your thumb

New fossil find reveals tiny hedgehog the size of your thumb | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Researchers in British Columbia have unearthed a 52 million year old fossil of the smallest hedgehog known to science.
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Cute little bugger. No doubt hunted by those giant birds they found the other day, 24 foot wingspans.

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Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies

Evolution Takes a Detour in Comb Jellies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Some days the science news just turns me on. How about this one? This seems like a good argument for evolution. I don't think a god would have bothered with an entirely different branch of life just for ctenophores.

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