Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

Mar 22, 2015

Research shows Neanderthals were world's first jewelers

The widely held vision of Neanderthals as brutes may need a stark rethink after research found they crafted the world’s earliest jewelry from eagle talons 130,000 years ago, long before modern humans appeared in Europe. “While reviewing eight, white-tailed eagle talons and an associated ...

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Feb 13, 2015

First tree-climbing, burrowing mammals found

Scientists on Thursday described Chinese fossils of two shrew-size creatures that were the oldest-known tree-climbing and burrowing mammals, showing that early mammals in the Jurassic Period had already claimed a variety of ecological niches. Agilodocodon scansorius, an omnivore that lived about 165 million years ...

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Feb 6, 2015

Science dates old dogs with new tricks

Man’s best friend has not been around for nearly as long as thought, according to a study released Thursday that brings the emergence of modern dogs forward by some 15,000 years. The finding follows the reclassification of two fossil skulls, one more than 30,000 ...

Feb 5, 2015

Stay or stray? First data on sexual types found

Scientists have amassed the first evidence to back theories that people fall into two broad sexual categories: faithful or promiscuous. Why humans seem to be an exception among mammals on the matter of sexual relationships has long been a puzzle. Other mammalian species are ...

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

Jan 7, 2015

NASA finds more Earth-like planets outside solar system

More planets that are near twins to Earth have been found outside our solar system — tantalizing worlds that could host extraterrestrial life. Astronomers announced Tuesday that, depending on definitions, they have confirmed three or four more planets that are about the same size ...