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Researchers find our inner reptile hearts

An elaborate system of leads spreads across our hearts. These leads – the heart's electrical system – control our pulse and coordinate contraction of the heart chambers. While the structure of the human ...

dateSep 14, 2012 in Other
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Study of giant viruses shakes up tree of life

A new study of giant viruses supports the idea that viruses are ancient living organisms and not inanimate molecular remnants run amok, as some scientists have argued. The study reshapes the universal family ...

dateSep 13, 2012 in Evolution
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Human evolution has become multi-colored

Thus far, a tiny finger bone and two back teeth in a cave in the Altai Mountains are the only known remains of the Denisovans – a humanoid that Max Planck researchers have identified solely through their genetic material. ...

dateSep 03, 2012 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Never-before-seen plant metabolites discovered

(Medical Xpress)—Purdue University researchers have captured evolution in action through the discovery of a new set of metabolites synthesized by Arabidopsis plants, according to research findings published this week in ...

dateAug 24, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Fossil egg links dinosaurs to modern birds

Researchers from Spain identified in Lleida a series of dinosaur eggs with a unique characteristic: They are oval in shape. The discovery represents proof in favor of the hypothesis that birds and non avian theropods, dinosaurs ...

dateJul 12, 2012 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Earth history and evolution

In classical mythology, the cypress tree is associated with death, the underworld and eternity. Indeed, the family to which cypresses belong, is an ancient lineage of conifers, and a new study of their evolution affords a ...

dateMay 03, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Orangutans harbor ancient primate Alu

Alu elements infiltrated the ancestral primate genome about 65 million years ago. Once gained an Alu element is rarely lost so comparison of Alu between species can be used to map primate evolution and diversity. New research ...

dateApr 30, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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