The practice of identifying and naming species, or taxonomy, is central to answering the most important questions in biology, but ‘the species’ remains an elusive and controversial concept, writes Darren Curnoe.

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It seems the broad menu of sexual tastes our species enjoys extends back to our Palaeolithic ancestors and includes other hominin species, writes Darren Curnoe.

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Our understanding of characteristics associated with the human genus, Homo, is rapidly evolving, writes Darren Curnoe. 


Take a wild guess what this episode's about. Does size matter? What can we learn from the animal kingdom? Find out in this latest episode with UNSW Australia's Darren Curnoe.


A new UNSW science video series on evolution that explores some of the big questions and myths about what it means to be human has been launched.

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Microbes in oceans produce around half the oxygen we breathe. Now a study has shown their movement is hindered by geographical boundaries, raising concerns about their susceptibility to climate change.

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Our ancient ancestors’ ability to move around and find new sources of groundwater during extremely dry periods in Africa may have been key to their survival and the evolution of the human species, a new study shows. 

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We have little to fear from mutating viruses. It is the rapidly evolving ones that we should be worried about, writes Rob Brooks.

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Discoveries around how humans have evolved since the Stone Age provide troubling insights into where we may be headed as a species, writes Darren Curnoe.

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We still face a major chasm in knowledge about how our thinking and behaviour evolved to be so different from other apes, writes Darren Curnoe.