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Human Theome Project

This is one of the most serious pieces ever posted on Genotopia. As the shooting at the French humor magazine Charlie Hebdo shows, satire can be...

Letting History and Evolution and Math Teach Us How to Vote

Sometimes the only consolation I can drag myself towards--lying awake at night as I wonder at the financial and vocational vacuum that is a...

‘Homo’ only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size...

Andalusian researchers, led by the University of Granada, have discovered a curious characteristic of the members of the human lineage, classed as the genus...

First animals may have oxygenated the ocean

The evolution of the first animals may have oxygenated the earth's oceans – contrary to the traditional view that a rise in oxygen triggered...

‘Steak-knife’ teeth reveal ecology of oldest land predators

The first top predators to walk on land were not afraid to bite off more than they could chew, a University of Toronto Mississauga...

Flies, humans perceive motion in same way

Scientists put flies on tiny spherical treadmills to study their similarities with humans in viewing moving objects. Anyone who has tried to swat a fly...

Poisonous Water Leads to Bigger, But Fewer, Fish Babies

Living in extreme environments often entails taking extreme measures to survive.Live-bearing fish mothers in toxic North and South American waters try to give their...

Death by asexuality

Ground-breaking new research from a team of evolutionary biologists at Indiana University shows for the first time how asexual lineages of a species are...

Altruism or manipulated helping? Altruism may have origins in manipulation

Manipulation is often thought of as morally repugnant, but it might be responsible for the evolutionary origins of some helpful or altruistic behavior, according...

Evolution will punish you if you’re selfish and mean

Two Michigan State University evolutionary biologists offer new evidence that evolution doesn't favor the selfish, disproving a theory popularized in 2012."We found evolution will...

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