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Researchers Discover Key Gene That Makes Humans Distinct From Apes
2012-11-15 13:16:05

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Edinburgh, has discovered a new gene that helps to solve one of life's greatest mysteries – what makes us human?

Ancient Tools Provide Clues To The Past
2012-11-07 21:35:27

A discovery on the south coast of South Africa is leading to implications that modern humans evolved in this location.

Impact Of Adversity On Early Life Development Demonstrated
2012-10-26 10:03:21

It is time to put the nature versus nurture debate to rest and embrace growing evidence that it is the interaction between biology and environment in early life that influences human development...

Humans Evolved To Live Longer Because Of Grandmothers
2012-10-24 07:50:47

New research indicates that human longevity is what it is because of grandmothers helping with childcare at an early stage in human history.

Evolution Is A Matter Of Brawn Vs Brain
2012-10-16 06:07:56

A team of scientists has found that in different animals, the two traits of brain size and body size are driven by different evolutionary mechanisms.

2012-10-04 10:39:39

When making decisions about the value of an assortment of different objects, people approximate an average overall value, which though frequently useful can lead to apparently irrational decision-making.

Human Brain Growth Outpaces Chimps In Womb
2012-09-25 13:07:57

A new study from Kyoto University shows that human's superior brain size in comparison to chimpanzees can be traced back to the womb.

Killer Whale Menopause Helps Sons Survive
2012-09-14 08:43:49

Killer whale females have the longest period of menopause of any non-human species. A new study, led by the University of Exeter and the University of York, claims this is so the female Orcas can care for their adult sons.


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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tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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