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DNA analysis reignites fierce debate over fate of 9,000-year-old skeleton

DNA analysis reignites fierce debate over fate of 9,000-year-old skeleton. Genome sequencing indicates Kennewick Man is Native American, reopening the bitter battle over whether he should be reburied or studied.

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Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch?

Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch? A new study finds the year to be a key point for the Anthropocene – marking the irreversible transfer of crops and species between the old and new worlds

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Frozen in time: fossil plant stem cells

Fossil plant stem cells from 300 million years ago. The anatomy of ancient roots pushes the boundaries of palaeobiology, pointing to more diverse root biology than previously understood

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The 5,800-Year-Old Remains of a Man and Woman Buried in an Embrace Have Been Uncovered in a Greek Cave

In 2014 the 5,800-year-old remains of a male and a female skeleton were discovered, locked in an embrace, in a cave in Southern Greece. The pair were uncovered in the Alepotrypa Cave, which served ...

Scientists document rare DNA transfer between animals and plants. Very few cases of natural DNA transfers between animals and plants are documented, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but recently his team did just that. The research team found a group of DNA sequences in pine trees, spruces and other conifers had been transferred to an ancestor of those trees from insects about 340 million years ago. Their work, "An Ancient Trans-Kingdom Horizontal Transfer of…

How snakes lost a blueprint for making limbs. When researchers inserted the snake DNA into mice, the animals developed truncated limbs, suggesting that a critical stretch of DNA lost its ability to support limb growth during snake evolution. Snakes lost their limbs over 100 million years ago, but scientists have struggled to identify the genetic changes involved.

Ancient rice DNA data provides new view of domestication history. Now, using new data collected samples of ancient, carbonized rice, a team of Japanese and Chinese scientists have successfully determined DNA sequences to make the first comparisons between modern and ancient rice. To do so, they used new techniques to carefully cull chloroplast DNA from ancient rice 900-2,800-years-old, which had been excavated from seven archaeological sites in Japan and Korea. They have new findings…

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Religious Ivory Demand Killing Elephants by Thousands, Report Says

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Circumcision Ritual May Carry Herpes Risk, CDC Says

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision practice in which the circumciser places his mouth on a newborn's newly circumcised penis and sucks blood away from the wound carries a risk of transmitting the herpes virus to the baby, sometimes fatally, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved

Remind you of anything? The glue of the body has a perfect resemblance of the symbol of our very own divine creator. The cross of our Savior. If this scientific diagram doesn’t convince you, wait till you see what’s next.