Taking a shortcut to improving wheat
In 2011 the world's farms produced a total of 681 million tonnes of wheat, but with an ever growing demand from a growing population, there is a real need for increasing yields yet further.
Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies
The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence ...
WABIAN robot from Japan steps closer to human walk
Neanderthal lineages excavated from modern human genomes
A substantial fraction of the Neanderthal genome persists in modern human populations. A new approach applied to analyzing whole-genome sequencing data from 665 people from Europe and East Asia shows that ...
Scientists use genetics, climate reconstructions to track global spread of modern humans out of Africa
(Phys.org)—Research indicates the out-of-Africa spread of humans was dictated by the appearance of favourable climatic windows.
New planetary boundary to measure effects of human activity
New research raises doubts about whether modern humans and Neanderthals interbred
New research raises questions about the theory that modern humans and Neanderthals at some point interbred, known as hybridisation. The findings of a study by researchers at the University of Cambridge suggests ...
Huge population fluctuations could have preceded passenger pigeon extinction
Study shows cultural flow may be slower than genetic divergence
Researchers build robot rat to induce stress in lab animals (w/ Video)
Shellfish show population growth did not send humans out of Africa
Before they left Africa, early modern humans were 'culturally diverse'
(Phys.org) —Researchers have carried out the biggest ever comparative study of stone tools dating to between 130,000 and 75,000 years ago found in the region between sub-Saharan Africa and Eurasia. They ...
Ancient DNA reveals humans living 40,000 years ago in Beijing area related to present-day Asians, Native Americans
An international team of researchers including Svante Pääbo and Qiaomei Fu of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, sequenced nuclear and mitochondrial DNA that had ...
Modern population boom traced to pre-industrial roots
The foundation of the human population explosion, commonly attributed to a sudden surge in industrialization and public health during the 18th and 19th centuries, was actually laid as far back as 2,000 years ...