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How Our Early Ancestors Spread Far and Wide, Mapped

Over six million years ago, we split off from our common ancestor with chimps. But, recently, scientists have been finding fossils all over the planet that show that hominins diversified into a wide range of species away from their native Africa. Read More >>

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Bored Scientists Imagine Rats the Size of Cows

The fast-breeding rat could one day evolve to be the size of a cow, according to scientists, who suggest extinctions higher up the animal size chain could leave empty evolutionary slots for the rat to bulk up and fit itself into. Read More >>

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First Ever Euopean Hunter-Gather Genome Reveals Blue Eyes Evolved Early

The first ever full genome sequence of a European hunter-gatherer has revealed that hunter-gatherers had far better immune systems than we thought—and evolved blue eyes way earlier than predicted, too. Read More >>

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Evolution Doesn't Look Like You Think it Does

There's an iconic scientific image which depicts evolution, and it suggests that we went from monkey to man in six easy steps. The only problem is, that's kinda bull. Read More >>

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What Earth Would Be Like if Humans Had Never Existed

It's one of those things you've probably idly wondered but never really lent masses of thought: what the hell would the planet be like if humans had never existed? Fortunately, this video tries to explain. Read More >>

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Why We're Afraid of the Dark (and Why It's Good That We Are)

Most kids go through a stage in which they're afraid of the dark. Any creaking floorboard, rustling shutter, or random bump in the night fill them with terror. Good! Here's why, and why we should maybe never grow out of it. Read More >>

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A Beautiful Illustration of the Evolution of Audio Equipment

A lot's changed in the world of audio over the last 170 years. Gone are the days of cranking a handle to make noise, replaced instead by silicon and circuity to pump out digital tunes. This beautiful illustration walks you through how and when those changes happened. Read More >>

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Watch Six Famous Corporate Logos Evolve Before Your Eyes

Just like the products and services they sell, company logos have a tendency to change over time. In this series of animations by Nick DiLallo, you can see how the logos of six big firms have changed over the years. Read More >>

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David Attenborough Foresees an Apocalypse, Claiming "Things Are Going to Get Worse" for Humans

Renowned nature enthusiast Sir David Attenborough thinks we're enjoying the best days of humanity, suggesting that population explosion and other factors may mean our descendants will envy the good times us lot had trashing the planet. Read More >>

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The Evolution of the iPhone Home Screen

A lot has happened since 2007. Just look at how much the iPhone home screen has changed. Or how little? Back in the days of the first iPhone (it wasn't even called iOS yet), we couldn't get third party apps or even move apps around. Now, we have a bigger screen and all these funktastic icons. Read More >>

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Scientists Have Found the Oldest Primate Skeleton Ever

Today's smallest primate, the pygmy mouse lemur, can reach up to about 5 inches in height — and that's even on the larger side. But the primate skeleton that researchers just uncovered, the oldest ever found on record, stood even smaller than our pygmy friend as it scampered around the earth — a whole 55 million years ago. Read More >>

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Oldest Water Cache Ever Discovered May Hold 1.5 Billion-Year-Old Life

After kindly asking a group of Canadian miners for a sample of some water they'd struck, a team of scientists who had been investigating similar finds discovered that the fluid they were looking at may have been sealed up for 1.5 billion years. Read More >>

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Swallows Seem to Be Evolving to Avoid Cars

Swallows that nest on roadsides appear to have evolved shorter wings to help them maneuver better and avoid cars, claim a team of scientists from the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Read More >>

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Watch the Evolution of the Incredible Ferrari Hypercar

With the launch of the awesome-yet-horrendously-named LaFerrari, the Italian lust-machine maker is pulling out all the stops to make sure you know where its latest beast has come from. If it were human, the LaFerrari would have incredible genes. I mean, just look at its parentage, from the 288 GTO through the F40, F50 and Enzo. All incredible cars. Read More >>

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The History of Evolution Explained in Two Minutes

A lot's changed on the surface of the Earth over the past 4.5 billion years. This video explains the long, slow process that enabled simple cells to evolve into the creatures that inhabit our planet today. [YouTube] Read More >>

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Evolving Bigger Brains May Have Made Us Prone to Cancer

If it's not one thing, it's another: a new hypothesis floating around the scientific community suggests that evolving bigger brains and superior intellect may have led to a dramatically elevated risk of cancer in humans. Thanks, brain. Read More >>

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