Did the human speech evolve from monkeys pulling faces?

X-ray survey finds that primates use complex ‘language’ of lip smacking expressions Gist: Lip smacking gestures work at same speed as human speech Vowels and consonants work in same way as smacking lips The noises made by monkeys [...]

Discovered: The 128million-year-old grandfather of the modern squid and octopus

Scientists have managed to re-create the appearance of a previously unknown fossil – a spiky creature thought to be the ultimate ancestor of the modern-day squid and octopus. The Austria National History Museum team used 3D scanning technology [...]

Egg wars

Birds engage in evolutionary arms race Eggs of cuckoo finches and tawny-flanked prinias have grown more colorful in the last 40 years — a sign that the neighbors are locked in an evolutionary arms race. African cuckoo finches (Anomalospiza [...]

Science decodes ‘internal voices’

The studies focused on a part of the brain associated with sounds called the superior temporal gyrusResearchers have demonstrated a striking method to reconstruct words, based on the brain waves of patients thinking of those words.The technique [...]

Fossil beetles show true colours

Beetles’ great abundance today and in the fossil record makes them key environmental indicators At their brilliant best, the colours of beetles can make the insects look like they are made of some precious metal. But when these beetles [...]

Hobbits: Our tiny cousins

Skeletal remains of ancient human relatives found in Indonesia are challenging some long-accepted “truths” about human evolution Anthropologist Peter Brown examines the Hobbit fossils. Credit: Peter Brown This story starts with a tooth. [...]


This artist’s drawing shows what the newly discovered feathered dinos — the larger species with yellow on their snouts — might have looked like. Credit: Brian Choo Fossilized dinosaur feathers recently unearthed in China reveal one of [...]

Farming ‘spread by migrant wave’

The researchers extracted DNA from 5,000-year-old remains found in southern Sweden A new study of DNA from ancient remains provides further evidence that farming was first spread to Europe by migrants. It casts doubt on the alternative theory [...]

Study Sheds Light on How Birds Navigate by Magnetic Field

Birds are famously good navigators. Some migrate thousands of miles, flying day and night, even when the stars are obscured. And for decades, scientists have known that one navigational skill they employ is an ability to detect variations in [...]

Evolution: Education and Outreach for free

Evolution: Education and Outreach — the new journal aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of evolutionary theory for a wide audience — will be freely available through December 31, 2011, thanks to the generosity [...]