Fish on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga evolved the ability to survive out of water because it helped them escape predators in the ocean, new research shows.
If similarities between the Xichang fossils and modern humans are reflective of shared ancestry, then interbreeding offers a plausible explanation, writes Darren Curnoe.
The changes we are making to the planet have become so profound that we seemingly hold the evolutionary fate of millions of species in our hands, writes Darren Curnoe.
Scientists have reconstructed the brain architecture of the enigmatic Tasmanian tiger for the first time, revealing new information about its intelligence and social life.
It’s often said that through our innovations in science, agriculture and medicine humans have become masters of our biological destiny, writes Darren Curnoe.
One of the biggest surprises about our evolution is the extent our ancestors engaged in amorous congress with the evolutionary cousins, writes Darren Curnoe.
A groundbreaking new study of the bones of our 3.2 million-year-old ancestor ‘Lucy’ has revealed she died from the crushing impact of a fall from high in the trees, writes Darren Curnoe.
The seeming decline in quality science journalism serves to undermine the public’s confidence in scientific research, writes Darren Curnoe.
With few exceptions, humans require assistance at birth, usually from an experienced elder, midwife or medical practitioner, and it seems assisted birth is also common among other primates, writes Darren Curnoe.
It’s no exaggeration to say that genetic research is rewriting our understanding of the human evolutionary story, writes Darren Curnoe.