Lost Y chromosomes discovered on autosomes

'Lost' Y chromosomes discovered on autosomes

These genes were lost but now they're found. Essential genes lost by the Y chromosome in humans and other mammals and previously thought to have been eliminated have actually just relocated to...

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Researchers uncover new species of human

An international team of researchers working in Ethiopia has uncovered fossil remains of a new species of ancient human, according to a new report in the journal Nature.

This may be the earliest murder victim in human history

Wounds discovered on a 430,000-year-old human skull discovered in Spain could indicate that the individual was one of the first-ever murder victims, according to a new study published in the May 27 edition of the open-access journal PLOS One.

Everest glaciers mostly gone by end of century probably

The Everest region could change forever as a new scientific model of glaciation has predicted that glacier volume could be reduced between 70% and 99% by 2100.

Galapagos volcano erupts endangered iguanas threatened

For the first time since 1982, the Wolf Volcano has erupted, and the endangered pink iguanas may be in trouble.

Drought-stricken California can learn from Australia

Unless something is done, the state may soon run out of water. But what can be done? Australia's Millennium Drought offers some tips on how to survive this dry time.

Syria conflict threatens endangered species

War inevitably produces unpredictable collateral damage and, although the human cost is always at the forefront of our minds, military conflict can have deadly consequences for wildlife.

Will future North Pole expeditions be impossible

As ice melts faster than ever and arctic drift creating problems, expeditions to the North Pole are becoming increasingly more dangerous and rare.

Chemical variation in Amazon forest revealed

New techniques for studying the “chemical fingerprints” of Amazonian plants have given scientists a kind of “time machine” that can look back to the past and project the future.

Gold artifacts reveal drug rituals and Bastard Wars

Artifacts discovered in the massive grave mounts of the Scythians have provided the first-ever evidence that the nomadic people conducted rituals that involved drug use, as first chronicled by the Greek historian Herodotus in writings dated back to 440 BCE.

Low coffee diversity could lead to extinction

As you're sipping you're morning cup of coffee, stop to appreciate its richness in flavor, its warm, enticing aroma, and realize that this cup may be your last. (Ok -- maybe not, but still. Coffee is in trouble.)

Wolf spiders sing to win the hearts of mates

Spiders might not be thought of as musical creatures, but a new study from the University of Cincinnati could change that.

Panther chameleons are actually 11 different species

The panther chameleon, a reptile unique to Madagascar that exhibits spectacular intra-specific color variation, is actually a group of 11 different lizards and not a lone species as has long been believed, an international team of researchers reports in a new study.

Cave deposits record prehistoric climate

By studying mineral cave deposits known as speleothems, experts from Vanderbilt University, the Berkeley Geochronology Center in California, and elsewhere are learning more about what prehistoric climate was like and how it changed over the years.

Researchers create human-yeast hybrid to study genetics

Biologists at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a new type of yeast that is part fungus and part human, demonstrating that two types of lifeforms separated by over a billion years of evolution still have hundreds of genes in common.

Birds shake nuts to choose the best ones

Cracking a nut is difficult, so how do animals make sure that they don’t waste effort on a snack that winds up being tiny or rotten?

Savannas help to slow climate change

Rainforests aren't the only ones capturing CO2 from our atmosphere. A new study shows that semi-arid ecosystems like savannas (think Lion King) help out, too.

Alaskas walrus cam is back - in high def

After a decade of dark screens and vacant hearts, the world can rejoice because Alaska’s walrus cam is back—and in high definition!

Intelligent lifeforms already among us How should we treat

One author suggests that we are not paying enough attention to our treatment of intelligent life already among us: animals.

The Eastern diamondback snakes quest for fire

These Eastern diamondbacks are pyromaniacs, and they rely on an environment that's disappearing quickly.

Cold swimmer terrifies his body into heating up

Lewis Pugh is the world’s leading cold water swimmer. He has broken several records with long distance swims in the icy waters around the North Pole and in the Antarctic (wearing only goggles, a swim cap and trunks), and is the United Nations Environment Programme's "Patron of the Oceans".

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