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Primate evolution in the fast lane

mutations accumulate over generations, but researchers at Cornell and Bar-Ilan Universities have uncovered a new mechanism for mutation in primates that is rapid, coordinated, and aggressive.

World’s largest project to expand our understanding of evolution

A University of Southampton academic will participate in the world’s largest project to expand and update our understanding of evolutionary biology.

Hard whale heads sink ships – or can they?

The idea that a sperm whale can use its massive head as a battering ram to sink ships has been hotly debated at least since Moby Dick was published in 1851.

African wars endanger world’s largest gorilla subspecies

The population of the world's largest primate, Grauer's gorilla, found only in the conflict-plagued Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), declined calamitously in 20 years according to a report co-authored by a Smithsonian scientist and published by the Wildlife Conservation Society, Flora and Fauna International and the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature.

A Paleolithic-type diet may help reduce future risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Paleolithic-type diet may help obese postmenopausal women lose weight, improve their circulating fatty acid profile and lower their future risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, new research reports. The study results will be presented in a poster Sunday, April 3, at ENDO 2016, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, in Boston.

Ancient DNA shows European wipe-out of early Americans

The first largescale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time.

A new approach to sequence and assemble primate genomes

Technical advances in reading long DNA sequences have ramifications in understanding primate evolution and human disease.

Defect in blood could explain why Henry VIII became a tyrant

A genetic condition in Henry VIII's blood could explain the life-changing mental changes and create problems in the King's ability to have children. 

The Study of Human Remains: What does it really tell us? Part 2

The sex of an individual is especially important in determining a pattern within a society. A pattern of anything; death rate for males versus females, infanticide of males or females, common societal pathologies for each sex and so on.