DNA From Neanderthals And Denisovans Found In Cave Floor Sediments

DNA From Neanderthals And Denisovans Found In Cave Floor Sediments

Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA has been extracted from sediments in caves they once inhabited, even where we’ve found no bones. The discovery could transform our knowledge of early human evolution and the branches of humanity that have gone extinct. Given the extreme shortage of Denisovan fossils, the technique could multiply our knowledge of these mysterious…

Half-A-Billion-Year-Old Creature Is Ancestor To Crabs, Millipedes, And Ants

Half-A-Billion-Year-Old Creature Is Ancestor To Crabs, Millipedes, And Ants

A half-a-billion-year-old fossil of an ancient creature with sharp claws, a hinged shell, and more legs than usually deemed necessary has been discovered in the Rockies of Canada. An early representative of mandibulates – the hyper-diverse group that contains not only insects, but crabs and millipedes – Tokummia katalepsis could help explain the origin of this wildly successful…

Dinosaur Skull Is Reunited With Its Body After 100 Years Of Separation

Dinosaur Skull Is Reunited With Its Body After 100 Years Of Separation

After nearly a century, this dinosaur finally has its head back.   Paleontologists from the University of Alberta have managed to reunite a headless Corythosaurus skeleton with its skull after over 90 years of separation. Their research can be found in April’s edition of the journal Cretaceous Research. The skull was unearthed in 1920 by George Sternberg, the…

Why Did This Whale Shark Have A Rope Tied To Its Tail Fin?

Why Did This Whale Shark Have A Rope Tied To Its Tail Fin?

A remarkable video is making the rounds online showing adventurer Alyssa Vinluan, of Roam the World at Will, helping to rescue a poor whale shark trapped off the coast of Koh Tao, an island in Thailand. After spending a dive allowing a whale shark to gracefully swim around her, a second dive featured a second whale shark…

New Tool Use Spreading Through Chimpanzee Communities

New Tool Use Spreading Through Chimpanzee Communities

New tool use has arisen among wild chimpanzees, and primatologists are getting to watch its spread through a chimp community. Initially, apes learned from their peers, but now the techniques are being passed by mothers to children. The transmission patterns may resemble the ways the first humans learned to copy early geniuses’ innovations. “Leaf-sponging”, where leaves…