Lucy Climbed Trees and Fell Out

Lucy climbed trees and fell out, according to reports in ScienceDaily and New Scientistst 30 November, and PLoS One, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166095, and ScienceDaily and Science (AAAS) 19 August 2016 News and Nature, 2016; DOI: 10.1038/nature19332. Scientists at University of Texas (UT) Austin have scanned the bones of the original Australopithecus afarensis (“Lucy”) specimen using an […]

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Why Mantises Don’t Crash

Why mantises don’t crash explained in reports in Science Shots and Science Daily 5 March 2014, and Current Biology doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.01.054. Juvenile Praying Mantises do not have wings, so they can’t fly, but they can jump to reach targets like overhanging branches. However, small creatures such as insects can easily spin out of control when […]

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Arm Swinging Not Vestigial

Arm swinging not vestigial, according to reports in The Independent, Royal Society News and Reuters, 29 July 2009. Swinging your arms when you walk has been considered an evolutionary leftover from when people used to be four legged creatures. Researchers from the University of Michigan, USA and Delft University of Technology, Netherlands have carried out […]

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Ardi the Ape-Woman

Ardi the ape-woman described in ScienceNOW, BBC News and e! Science News, 1 Oct 2009, and Science, vol. 326, pp36-40 & 75-86, 2 Oct 2009. An international team of researchers has found a partial skeleton of a creature named Ardipithecus ramidus, nicknamed Ardi, in the Middle Awash region in Ethiopia. Isolated bones, bone fragments and […]

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