evolution

neanderthal

One of the biggest surprises about our evolution is the extent our ancestors engaged in amorous congress with the evolutionary cousins, writes Darren Curnoe.

Lucy

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.

China museum

The seeming decline in quality science journalism serves to undermine the public’s confidence in scientific research, writes Darren Curnoe.

midwife

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.

neanderthal

It’s no exaggeration to say that genetic research is rewriting our understanding of the human evolutionary story, writes Darren Curnoe.

 rock painting

When was the Australian continent first settled, asks Darren Curnoe.

skull

When and where did humans split from the apes to become a separate branch of bipeds, asks Darren Curnoe.

evolution

New research from Asia again looks set to rewrite another chapter in the human story, writes Darren Curnoe.

Facial reconstruction of Homo erectus from China

Archaeological discoveries in East Asia over the last decade or so have dramatically rewritten our understanding of human evolution, writes Darren Curnoe.

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The discovery that starlings carrying a new mutation in their mitochondria, the energy powerhouses of cells, almost tripled their population within five years has important implications for mitochondrial diseases in humans.

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