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Origins Of Menopause
2013-08-01 09:24:52

Susan Bowen for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Here's another difference to add to the list of things that make humans different from other primates: Human women tend to live for many years after they can no longer bear children. In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists compared mortality and fertility data for seven species of wild primates to the data for a modern hunter-gatherer human population. The !Kung people of...

Extinct Hobbit Resembled Humans Not Apes
2013-07-24 10:37:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new report in the Journal of Archaeological Science, an ancient humanoid species referred to as the "hobbit" closely resembled humans and not apes as some experts previously thought. Archeologists first excavated remains of this three-foot-tall human-like primate from an Indonesian cave in 2003. Known to researchers by its scientific name Homo floresiensis, the species is believed to have been a contemporary of...

Researchers Create 15-Million-Year Model Of Great Ape History
2013-07-04 06:38:40

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Using the study of genetic variation in a large panel of humans, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans, researchers from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, and Washington University in Seattle have created a model of great ape history over the past 15 million years. This is the most comprehensive catalog of great ape genetic diversity. The catalog elucidates the evolution and population histories of great apes from...

Primates Do Not Have The Same Throwing Strength As Humans
2013-06-26 16:45:48

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online Baseball fans on occasion will become frustrated with even their most beloved pitcher. Balls tossed in the dirt or that get above the umpire may even illicit catcalls and insults, perhaps comparing the ability of the hurler to primates who are notorious for flinging their own feces. A new study from the George Washington University (GWU), however, disputes these opinions and finds our ability to hurl a fastball stems from an ancient...

Evolutionary Formula For Large Body Size
2013-06-25 15:01:16

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international scientists has found a connection between mammals’ body size and evolutionary development, according to a new report in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The study examined the maximum size of mammalian species – including whales, primates and rodents – since the last ice age and found the weight of a baby mammal relative to its adult body mass is a key factor in determining whether a mammal...

Mesolithic Human Travelers Brought Snails To Ireland
2013-06-20 10:45:32

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Previous studies have suggested that the islands of Great Britain and Northern Ireland began to separate from the European mainland around 10,000 years ago, with a massive tsunami completing the process about 8,000 years ago. Any land animals to naturally migrate to the two islands would have to have made the trip before this separation. With this set of circumstances in mind, scientists have long wondered why Ireland has some plants...

Choices Make Chimps Emotional
2013-05-30 09:48:02

[ Watch the Video: Bonobo Decision-Making ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online In the Stanford University Marshmallow Experiment, children are given a simple choice: Eat one marshmallow now or wait a few minutes and get two marshmallows. The results are chock full of cute kids agonizing over their decision to wait for two marshmallows. Some of them even pantomime eating the one marshmallow, and one even sniffs it just to get a flavor of the treat. Stanford...

Early Man Ate Gazelle Brains
2013-05-06 12:11:09

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new study has once again shown that our human ancestors had no qualms about eating every part of their prey, including the brains. After uncovering fossils in Kenya, anthropologist Joseph Ferraro of Baylor University and his colleagues discovered that the earliest humans living in East Africa had a taste for multiple parts of the antelope. These early humans would even scavenge the leftovers of larger predators and finish...


Latest Human Reference Libraries

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...

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2007-01-02 11:08:06

The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes), also known as the robust chimpanzee, is a great ape. Basic facts Common chimpanzees are found in the tropical forests and wet savannas of Western and Central Africa. They once inhabited most of this region, but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in recent years. Adults in the wild weigh between 88 and 143 lbs (40 and 65 kg). Males can measure up to 63 inches (160 cm) and females up to 51 inches (130 cm). They are lighter than humans...

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Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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