Fossil ankles indicate Earth's earliest primates lived in trees
Earth's earliest primates have taken a step up in the world, now that researchers have gotten a good look at their ankles.
Discovery could lead to biological treatment for common birth defect
USC researchers have discovered which stem cells are responsible for the growth of craniofacial bones in mice—a finding that could have a profound impact on the understanding and treatment of a birth defect ...
Altering mechanical properties of cell environments to produce desired chemical outputs
Researchers in MIT Associate Professor Krystyn J. Van Vliet's group last year showed that three biomechanical and biophysical markers could accurately identify the most desirable stem cells from a mixed group ...
Fossil skull sheds new light on transition from water to land
The first 3D reconstruction of the skull of a 360 million-year-old near-ancestor of land vertebrates has been created by scientists from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, UK. The 3D skull, which ...
Secret of extinct British marine reptile uncovered
The fossil had been in the collections of Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery for more than 30 years until Dean Lomax (25) palaeontologist and Honorary Scientist at The University of Manchester, uncovered its hidden secrets.
Baleen whales hear through their bones
Understanding how baleen whales hear has posed a great mystery to marine mammal researchers. New research by San Diego State University biologist Ted W. Cranford and University of California, San Diego engineer ...
Skeleton from Greek mystery tomb to be identified next month
Bones from at least five people, including a baby and an elderly woman, were identified in a massive tomb in Greece dating back to the era of Alexander the Great, the culture ministry said Monday.
Japan researchers target 3D-printed body parts
Japanese scientists say they are on their way to being able to create custom-made skin, bone and joints using a 3D printer.
Team isolates stem cell that gives rise to bones, cartilage in mice
Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have discovered the stem cell in mice that gives rise to bone, cartilage and a key part of bone marrow called the stroma.
Live imaging captures how blood stem cells take root in the body
A see-through zebrafish and enhanced imaging provide the first direct glimpse of how blood stem cells take root in the body to generate blood. Reporting online in the journal Cell today, researchers in Bos ...
Stone Age man wasn't necessarily more advanced than the Neanderthals
A multi-purpose bone tool dating from the Neanderthal era has been discovered by University of Montreal researchers, throwing into question our current understanding of the evolution of human behaviour. It ...
New insight on skull development in study of frogs
Chances are, you'd be hard-pressed to name something you have in common with a chicken. Would you believe that one answer is the head on your shoulders?
New discoveries about Dark Age farming found in the dirt
Two researchers are taking a new twist on long-published research about what an ancient civilization did for a living.
Lightweight skeletons of modern humans have recent origin
New research shows that modern human skeletons evolved into their lightly built form only relatively recently—after the start of the Holocene about 12,000 years ago and even more recently in some human ...