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2014-05-29 04:28:01

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Have you ever wondered why it is that monkeys, chimpanzees, apes and other primates are frighteningly strong compared to us humans? If your answer was yes, you are not alone. And now a new study goes in depth in explaining why and how this phenomenon has occurred evolutionarily. If we take the primate as the most logical known last point in human evolution, then describing primate strength and cognitive abilities as superhuman and...

2014-05-22 11:46:00

PLOS Great ape dietary specialization allowed spread in Eurasia, and also lead to extinction Newly analyzed tooth samples from the great apes of the Miocene indicate that the same dietary specialization that allowed the apes to move from Africa to Eurasia may have led to their extinction, according to results published May 21, 2014, in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Daniel DeMiguel from the Institut Catalá de Palontologia Miquel Crusafont (Spain) and colleagues. Apes expanded...

2014-05-09 13:50:17

Diabetologia New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) indicates that brief bursts of intense exercise before meals (termed exercise 'snacking' by the study authors) helps control blood sugar in people with insulin resistance more effectively than one daily 30-minute session of moderate exercise. The research was conducted by exercise science and medicine researchers, including Monique Francois and Associate Professor James...

2014-05-01 12:24:48

DENVER, May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cal-Bay International, Inc. (OTC Markets: CBYI) Cal-Bay International, Today Unveiled The Company's Newly Acquired "Snapgrowth" All Natural Plant Enhancement Technology. Cal-Bay recently acquired the proprietary all natural plant enhancement technology for retail and wholesale distribution initially by way of the company's E-commerce storefront(s) launching in May 2014. Distributor's network opportunities will be available later this year. The...

Neanderthals Were Not Inferior To Modern Man, Claims A New Study
2014-05-01 05:22:18

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Neanderthals were not actually intellectually inferior to humans, and may have been wiped out not because they were dim-witted, but because of inbreeding with modern man, according to research published in the April 30 edition of the journal PLOS One. Neanderthals, which thrived in Eurasia for over 300,000 years, disappeared approximately 40,000 years ago. Many commonly-held theories blame their inferiority to modern humans in...

Breakthrough On Understanding Demographic History Of Stone-Age Humans
2014-04-25 03:18:05

Uppsala University An international team led by researchers at Uppsala University and Stockholm University reports a breakthrough on understanding the demographic history of Stone-Age humans. A genomic analysis of eleven Stone-Age human remains from Scandinavia revealed that expanding Stone-age farmers assimilated local hunter-gatherers and that the hunter-gatherers were historically in lower numbers than the farmers. The study is published today, ahead of print, in the journal Science....

2014-04-22 14:14:58

The answer lies in changes in the way our genes work In parallel with modern man (Homo sapiens), there were other, extinct types of humans with whom we lived side by side, such as Neanderthals and the recently discovered Denisovans of Siberia. Yet only Homo sapiens survived. What was it in our genetic makeup that gave us the advantage? The truth is that little is known about our unique genetic makeup as distinguished from our archaic cousins, and how it contributed to the fact that we...

Iberian Peninsula Was Not Shared By Neanderthals And Cro-Magnon Man
2014-04-14 14:35:00

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous research has placed both Neanderthals and modern humans, in the form of Cro-Magnons, in the Iberian Peninsula at the same time, around 40 thousand years ago. However, a new study using more modern techniques has shown that these two humanoid species never lived together on the Iberian Peninsula – unlike parts of the Middle East where evidence has shown that Neanderthals and Homo sapiens lived side-by-side and interbred....

Neanderthal Childhood Wasn't As Tough As Previously Believed
2014-04-10 05:18:46

University of York Archaeologists at the University of York are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team from PALAEO (Centre for Human Palaeoecology and Evolutionary Origins) and the Department of Archaeology at York offer a new and distinctive perspective which suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and played a...

Evolutionary History Of Interbreeding Between Neanderthals And Humans
2014-04-09 06:59:21

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Whether or not early humans and Neanderthals interbred has been the subject of much debate in scientific circles for a long time. Thanks to a new genomic analysis method from the University of Edinburgh, technical objections to that idea have been overcome. The technique, described in a recent issue of GENETICS, is able to detect the genetic signatures of interbreeding with more confidence than previous methods. The research team...


Latest Human evolution Reference Libraries

Australopithecus garhi
2013-11-29 11:38:51

Australopithecus garhi is a gracile australopithecine species whose fossils were discovered in 1996 by a research team led by Ethiopian paleontologist Berhane Asfaw ad Tim White, an American paleontologist. The remains are believed to be a human ancestor species and most likely the direct ancestor to the human genus Homo. Tim White was the scientist to find the first of the key A. garhi fossils in 1996 within the Bouri Formation found in the Middle Awash of Ethiopia’s Afar Depression....

Neanderthals
2013-10-03 16:03:35

The Neanderthals or Neandertals are an extinct species or subspecies of the genus Homo which is closely related to modern humans. They are known from fossils, dating back from the Pleistocene period, which have been found in Europe and parts of western and central Asia. The species gets its name from Neandertal, “Neander’s Valley”, the location in Germany where it was first uncovered. Neanderthals are classified either as a subspecies of Homo sapiens or as a distinct species of the...

Homo sapiens
2013-09-24 13:55:52

Homo sapiens is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and various other extinct species of hominid. H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo. Modern humans are the subspecies Homo sapiens sapiens, distinguished from their direct ancestor, Homo sapiens idaltu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homo_sapiens_idaltu). Subspecies of H. sapiens include Homo sapiens idaltu, roughly translated as “elder wise human” and...

Homo sapiens idaltu
2013-09-24 12:20:45

Homo sapiens idaltu is an extinct subspecies of Homo sapiens that lived nearly 160,000 years ago during the Pleistocene in Africa. “Idaltu” comes from the Saho-Afar word meaning “elder” or “first born”. The fossilized remains of H. s. idaltu were uncovered at Herto Bouri near the Middle Awash site of Ethiopia’s Afar Triangle in the year 1997 by Tim White, but were first revealed in 2003. Herto Bouri is a portion of Ethiopia under volcanic layers. By using radioisotope dating,...

Homo floresiensis
2013-09-16 13:06:40

Homo floresiensis Homo floresiensis, or Flores Man, nicknamed “hobbit” and “Flow”, is an extinct species in the genus Homo. The remains of an individual that would have stood about 3 feet in height were uncovered in 2003 on the island of Flores in Indonesia. Incomplete skeletons of nine individuals have been recovered, including one complete cranium. These remains have been the focus of intense research to establish whether they represent a species distinctive from modern humans....

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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'