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Article ID: 691005

Medieval Barbarians Likely Imported Brides with Elongated Heads From Southeastern Europe

Stony Brook University

An international research team including Krishna Veeramah, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at Stony Brook University, has performed the first genomic analysis of populations that lived on the former territory of the Roman Empire from around 500 AD.

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13-Mar-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 690966

It’s Mostly Luck, Not Pluck, That Determines Lifetime Reproductive Success

Cornell University

Can one seedling, or one female bird, be so superior to the rest that it will inevitably become the “lucky” one to grow to the sky, or help perpetuate the species? The short answer: No.

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12-Mar-2018 2:55 PM EDT
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Article ID: 690306

Two Species of Ravens Nevermore? New Research Finds Evidence of 'Speciation Reversal'

University of Washington

A new study almost 20 years in the making provides some of the strongest evidence yet of the "speciation reversal" phenomenon in two lineages of Common Ravens.

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28-Feb-2018 4:40 PM EST
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Article ID: 690104

Mammoth Data: Researchers Sequence Complete Genomes of Extinct and Living Elephants Pointing to Highly Complex Relationships, Rich Evolutionary History

McMaster University

An international team of researchers has produced one of the most comprehensive evolutionary pictures to date by looking at one of the world's most iconic animal families - namely elephants, and their relatives mammoths and mastodons-spanning millions of years.

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26-Feb-2018 10:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 689960

Earliest Cave Paintings Were Made by Neanderthals, Scientists Discover

University of Southampton

Scientists have found the first major evidence that Neanderthals made cave paintings, indicating they may have had an artistic sense similar to our own.

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22-Feb-2018 8:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 689926

Threatened Shorebird Species Faces Increased Peril

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Scientists from Rutgers University–New Brunswick and elsewhere documented fewer than 10,000 red knot shorebirds in Chile in January, down from more than 13,000 a year earlier.

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22-Feb-2018 6:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 689814

Ancient DNA Tells Tales of Humans’ Migrant History

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Fueled by advances in analyzing DNA from the bones of ancient humans, scientists have dramatically expanded the number of samples studied – revealing vast and surprising migrations and genetic mixing of populations in our prehistoric past.

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20-Feb-2018 9:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 689912

Cross-Bred Flies Reveal New Clues About How Proteins Are Regulated

Scripps Research Institute

A team from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has revealed that by crossing two species of flies, they can use what they learn from the proteome of the hybrid offspring to find new clues about how proteins interact with each other

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21-Feb-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 689846

Brain Size of Human Ancestors Evolved Gradually Over 3 Million Years

University of Chicago Medical Center

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that average brain size increased gradually and consistently over the past three million years.

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20-Feb-2018 1:45 PM EST
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Article ID: 688221

A True Fish Story: Biologist Kingsley on Evolutionary Patterns We Share with Creatures of the Sea, Feb. 23 at NYU

New York University

New York University will host David Kingsley, an evolutionary biologist at Stanford University, for “Fishing for the Secrets of Vertebrate Evolution,” its annual Darwin Lecture, on Friday, Feb. 23.

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20-Feb-2018 8:00 AM EST
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