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Humans were rare, once

Humans were rare, once

Posted Sun, 20 Oct 2013 10:34:00 GMT by JW Dowey

We worry about how human species colonised the rest of the world after leaving Africa. There is so little evidence, we have to rely on the latest technology to try and unravel the fascinating stories of travel and survival these early peoples must have had. Here, 50,000 years ago, is conjecture about what would have been an almost impossible voyage.

Humans were rare, once

Your ancestor was a little therian

Your ancestor was a little therian

Posted Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:58:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

We can visualise distant ancestral forms of many organisms by imagining similar species alive today, or complete fossils. Here the scarcity of evidence on early mammalian teeth makes it difficult, but not impossible, to show how incredible events shaped our past into the flower, insect and mammal-dominated Paleocene.

Your ancestor was a little therian

The Earth gets oxygen early

The Earth gets oxygen early

Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:09:21 GMT by JW Dowey

Before life on earth began, what did David Attenborough do with himself?

The Earth gets oxygen early

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Posted Thu, 12 Sep 2013 05:58:02 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The ultimate in powered ships, clean and efficient, cutting through the waves with only the sun to power it. We could donate one of these to the Marshall islands, where sun but not much else is in abundance.

Oh Sole Mio! (solar ship is home, almost)

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

Posted Thu, 05 Sep 2013 08:21:19 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The thought of bat and whale being related because they have similar hearing is incorrect. If we study a range of species, though, the evolutionary convergences of many kinds of sensory structures is very involving. What's next? Our chimpanzee friends will be developing their typing skills before we know it!

Bats and dolphins have a similar genetic heritage

To fish or not to fish

To fish or not to fish

Posted Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:21:58 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The fish that benefit from trawling disturbance eat invertebrates such as annelids. Other invertebrates, especially the heavy species, are decimated by trawling and need much more protection by modifying the trawling gear or simply preventing such damage to the environment.

To fish or not to fish

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Posted Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:22:27 GMT by Paul Robinson

The geochemists get a poor press, so they must have decided to soup up their theories and grab some oxygen for their reputation. The claim is that being impossible on earth, ribose sugars can only have been synthesised on Mars, 4 billion years ago. And then...

Is there Martian life on Earth?

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Posted Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:30:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When cuckoos and their fellow brood-parasites choose their laying site, there is now some evidence that they compete with each other. They have to deal with the host species, but their own species can be their worst enemy.

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

California spirit dreams of ancient language

California spirit dreams of ancient language

Posted Tue, 20 Aug 2013 09:06:39 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The history of Americans is found fascinating, even though we have precious little knowledge of it. The momentum builds with this intriguing study of North American language groups and their relationship with rich and poor ecologies.

California spirit dreams of ancient language

Niches and speciation in orca

Niches and speciation in orca

Posted Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:26:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

It might seem disappointing to fond that your Atlantic orcas don’t have the speciation evident in some Pacific pods. However, the great find here is that populations almost certainly have to be physically separated, as well as having different niches, in order for a new species to be evolved.

Niches and speciation in orca

The dolphin remembers

The dolphin remembers

Posted Wed, 07 Aug 2013 10:05:48 GMT by Colin Ricketts

We think we're special, but more and more creatures are appearing as altruistic, language-capable and downright human. Dolphins of course will be one of the first in many people's minds to demonstrate high-level mental capacity, or in this case, great cognition and lengthy memories.

The dolphin remembers

Giant rivers of water in the air

Giant rivers of water in the air

Posted Thu, 25 Jul 2013 09:11:28 GMT by JW Dowey

Noah's flood was a warning according to the various ancients. These floods are also warning us about something. Do you really wonder what that is?

Giant rivers of water in the air

Heated cheetah hunts!

Heated cheetah hunts!

Posted Wed, 24 Jul 2013 08:59:16 GMT by Colin Ricketts

The research on cheetahs has previously left us worried about their ability to speed up their hunt if they overheat. However, medical approaches using bio-sensors have proved that the species is fully capable of using its great abilities if it is so inclined.

Heated cheetah hunts!

Domestic dogs came from Asia to America

Domestic dogs came from Asia to America

Posted Wed, 10 Jul 2013 08:47:46 GMT by JW Dowey

Dogs are just dogs, but we owe them a lot for so many reasons, and now they could help elucidate the history of ancient Americans.

Domestic dogs came from Asia to America

Social Mobsters in the Kalahari

Social Mobsters in the Kalahari

Posted Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The study of how cleverly the females in a meerkat mob conduct their social lives while innocently foraging in the desert. Avoiding exclusion is the name of the game.

Social Mobsters in the Kalahari

How to investigate your inner fish!

How to investigate your inner fish!

Posted Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

When fish gave rise to our land-based ancestors, some of the fish DNA was left behind as selection chose attributes that suited land best. Fortunately we can use the parts of the genome that remain to investigate change in all the land vertebrates.

How to investigate your inner fish!

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Sea birds secret colony location policy!

Posted Mon, 16 May 2016 08:59:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

The Potential and Evolutionary Fireworks of Cross-Kingdom Genetic Transfers.

Posted Sat, 16 Apr 2016 11:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

People and Deer: the diverse, diverting past.

Posted Wed, 06 Apr 2016 14:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

The earliest permafrost pets.

Posted Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:15:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

A new population model for right whale numbers in New Zealand.

Posted Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:35:00 GMT by JW. Dowey

Acidification of the Barrier Reef.

Posted Mon, 07 Mar 2016 07:30:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Air travel with less carbon, more aerodynamics?

Posted Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:37:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whale-guided research reveals the oceans’ true biology.

Posted Thu, 18 Feb 2016 11:42:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Hell (and Hadesarchaea) provides great research.

Posted Tue, 16 Feb 2016 10:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

NASA tests sunshield for Webb telescope

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:21:00 GMT by Sharon Gill

Mapping Earth's ice from Space

Posted Mon, 29 Nov 2010 15:50:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Fascinating new squid behaviour in nature

Posted Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Supernova RCW 86 Mystery Solved with Spitzer and WISE

Posted Wed, 26 Oct 2011 00:37:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Americans hunted Mastodon

Posted Fri, 21 Oct 2011 17:20:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Satellite mapping could help prevent coral reef decline

Posted Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:43:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

Caught Green-Handed

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:45:00 GMT by David Vranicar

UK soil bacteria DNA mapped in world first

Posted Wed, 20 Apr 2011 00:01:00 GMT by Louise Murray

Honeyguide selection by interference competition

Posted Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:30:50 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:05:08 GMT by John Dean