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Human ancestors had Neanderthal like `inner ear`

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 08, 2014, 15:13

In a re-examination of a 100,000-year-old early human skull, researchers have found the surprising presence of an inner-ear formation long thought to occur only in Neanderthals.

Ancient bones offer peek at history of cats in China

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 09:34

Five-thousand-year-old cat bones found in a Chinese farming village have raised new questions about man`s complex rapport with domestic felines through history, said a study out Monday.

Ancestor of snakes, lizards likely gave birth to live young

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 19:39

In an unusual discovery, scientists have found that the ancestor of snakes and lizards likely gave birth to live young, rather than laying eggs.

Wine cellar pre-dating Jesus unearthed in Israel

Last Updated: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 12:14

Researchers have unearthed what could be the largest and oldest wine cellar in the Near East.

Hominin not ancestors of Neanderthals and modern humans: Study

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 12:52

A new study suggests that no known hominin is ancestor to the Neanderthals or modern humans.

Humans may look like `Close Encounters` aliens in 100,000 yrs

Last Updated: Thursday, September 19, 2013, 12:29

A researcher has speculated that humans in the next 100,000 years may look like aliens from the hit movie `Close Encounters of the Third Kind`: large, bug eyes, huge foreheads and pigmented skin.

1,450-year-old stone monument adds new chapter to Mayan history

Last Updated: Friday, July 19, 2013, 08:55

Archaeologists have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text, which could add a new chapter in unveiling the Mayan civilization mystery.

How rice underwent mutations from crop to weed and back

Last Updated: Thursday, July 18, 2013, 15:55

Researchers have looked back in time to see whether the same genetic mutations underlay the emergence of the same traits in both cultivated and weedy rice.

New species of meat-eating dinosaur discovered

Last Updated: Saturday, May 04, 2013, 12:18

Fossil remains found in northwestern China have been identified as a new species of small theropod, or meat-eating, dinosaur.

New evidence points to Moon`s violent origins

Last Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 12:59

Scientists have shed new insights about the moon`s chemical makeup as well as clues about the giant impacts that may have shaped the early beginnings of Earth and the moon.

Scientists decode brain activity of monkeys

Last Updated: Sunday, July 22, 2012, 15:43

Scientists were able to "see" that two monkeys were planning to tackle the same task differently, even before they moved a muscle, thanks to a decoding of their brain activity.

Washington University launches Urdu website

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 16:08

The website is most useful for people with "a basic knowledge of Urdu".