European Neanderthals Were On the Verge of Extinction Even Before the Arrival of Modern Humans – “New findings from an international team of researchers show that most Neanderthals in Europe died off around 50,000 years ago.”
New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America – “New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10,000 years before the Siberian-originating ancestors of the American Indians set foot in the New World.” – who was here first? see also: Radical theory of first Americans places Stone Age Europeans in Delmarva 20,000 years ago
Firing My Own Bu-cannon – good one from john derbyshire!
Wealthy More Likely to Lie, Cheat: Researchers – tell us something we don’t know. (~_^)
Different bodies, different minds – “[P]eople tend to prefer the things that they encounter on the same side as their dominant hand.”
Experts ‘taste wine differently from others’ – “A study has found that specialist oenophiles have a much more acute sense of taste than the rest of us – and it may even be in the genes.” – the wine experts found propylthiouracil to be really bitter.
Are Emotions Prophetic? – the “emotional oracle effect.”
The Greater Your Fear, the Larger the Spider – “People who are afraid of spiders see the arachnids as bigger than they actually are, recent experiments have shown.” – or maybe they’re more afraid of spiders because they perceive them as larger?
Nearby chimpanzee populations show much greater genetic diversity than distant human populations – “Surprisingly, even though all the chimpanzee populations lived in relatively close proximity, with the habitats of two groups separated only by a river, chimpanzees from different populations were substantially more different genetically than humans living on different continents.” – original paper: Genomic Tools for Evolution and Conservation in the Chimpanzee: Pan troglodytes ellioti Is a Genetically Distinct Population.
bonus: Plants have a memory of pests that spans generations – epigentic stuff!
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