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Thomas Higham, University of Oxford

Two human species shared the same cave

The two human species to which we are most closely related lived close to each other for thousands of years. This has been established by archaeologists from the University of Wollongong in NSW,…

New rat found without molars

This rat has given up gnawing for sucking on earthworms.

Did the egg come first?

The egg came first, in amniotes at least.

Are we hardwired to cooperate or bully?

Research into bullying sheds light on the evolution of human egalitarian societies.

Neanderthals ate their greens

Our primitive relatives were more sophisticated than we thought.

Evolution in a toxic world

DTT can still be found in humans; chlorofluorocarbons are slowing fading from our atmosphere, and there is mercury in the fish we eat. Every day, our world seems to be turning into a…

Why do some snails float?

In the case of the snail, the eggs came first.

The evolution of music

Music can evolve by the process of natural selection, the same way species evolve in the natural world.

The origin of monogamy

Monogamy evolved in humans when low-ranking males changed tack from competing with the higher-ranked rivals to revealing their more caring side to potential suitors.

Why do fingers wrinkle when they get wet?

Some thoughts to reflect on next time you’re in the shower.

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