From athletes to couch potatoes: Humans through 6,000 years of farming
Human bones are remarkably plastic and respond surprisingly quickly to change. Put under stress through physical exertion – such as long-distance walking or running – they gain in strength as the fibres are added or redistributed ...
Whole-genome sequencing of the elephant shark offers insights into bone disease and immunity in humans
Sequencing the genomes of vertebrates can provide scientists with valuable clues about the evolution of the human genome. By analyzing and comparing different genomes, researchers can pinpoint variations ...
Neanderthal genome shows early human interbreeding, inbreeding
The most complete sequence to date of the Neanderthal genome, using DNA extracted from a woman's toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, reveals a long history of interbreeding among at least four different ...
Discovery of 1.4 million-year-old fossil human hand bone closes human evolution gap
Humans have a distinctive hand anatomy that allows them to make and use tools. Apes and other nonhuman primates do not have these distinctive anatomical features in their hands, and the point in time at which ...
3-D printed implants may soon fix complex injuries
In an age where 3-D printers are becoming a more and more common tool to make custom designed objects, some researchers are using the technology to manufacture replacement parts for the most customized a ...
Research finds Neandertals, not modern humans, made first specialized bone tools in Europe
One day in 2011, undergraduate student Naomi Martisius was sorting through tiny bone remnants in the University of California, Davis, paleoanthropology lab when she stumbled across a peculiar piece.
Who was eating salmon 45,000 years ago in the Caucasus?
Why did anatomically modern humans replace Neandertals in Europe around 40,000 years ago?
Researchers hit virtual heads to make safer games
Two nearly identical softballs, both approved for league play, can have dramatically different effects when smacked into a player's head.
Novel self-powered nanoparticles developed to deliver healing drugs directly to bone cracks
(Phys.org) —A novel method for finding and delivering healing drugs to newly formed microcracks in bones has been invented by a team of chemists and bioengineers at Penn State University and Boston University. ...
Hidden in middens: New clues of earliest known Bolivian Amazon humans
Researchers have discovered the earliest evidence yet of humans living in the Bolivian Amazon, putting the first known human habitation of the region at about 8000 years earlier than was previously thought.
Humans experiencing increased exposure to aluminium and it's predicted to get worse
Aluminium - the most abundant metal and third most abundant element of the Earth's crust - has no known biological function and is a recognised environmental toxin. Human exposure to aluminium is implicated in a number of ...
Six tonnes of rare live pangolins found in Vietnam
Vietnamese customs officials said Wednesday they had found more than six tonnes of live protected pangolins inside a shipping container sent from Indonesia.
Space station boosting biological research in orbit
Studying the science of biology in microgravity opens a world of possibilities! Research ranges from plant growth to cell growth and from bacterial virulence to strength in human bones. The scope of biology ...
Neandertals made the first specialized bone tools in Europe
New finds demonstrate: Neandertals were the first in Europe to make standardized and specialized bone tools—which are still in use today.