A new study of copy number variation in chimpanzee genome

Both Razib and John Lynch, of Science Blogs, have pulled a fast one on us about an interesting new study published recently in PNAS. The paper is titled, "Hotspots for copy number variation in chimpanzees and humans " and it comes from some people at ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change. The abstract... Continue Reading →

A NOVA special on the Turkish Family that walks on all fours

This maybe a little to late to announce, but I just flipped on my PBS channel here in Northern California, after my friend Andrew clued me in, and low and behold there's a special on that group of siblings who walk on all fours. So far the NOVA special has outlined the origins of bipedalism... Continue Reading →

The tiny magnetite compass in the human nose

Stephen Juan, an anthropologist from the University of Sydney answers Lee Staniforth of Manchester, UK question, "Do humans have a compass in their nose?" He writes about some scientists at California Institute of Technology discovered that humans possess a tiny, shiny crystal of magnetite in the ethmoid bone (pink bone to the image on your... Continue Reading →

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