Biology Magazine


  • Stone Tipped Spears Used 500,000 Years Ago

    Stone Tipped Spears Used 500,000 Years

    Combining two tools with binding and glue (e.g. creating a spear out of a wooden shaft and stone tip) is known as “hafting.” This combined technology was an... Read more

    The 05 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • 400,000 Year Old DNA Confuses and Surprises (conprises?)

    400,000 Year Confuses Surprises (conprises?)

    Atapuerca is a series of Spanish caves that document almost a million years of human pre-history, from 1.2 million years ago to a mere 200,000 years ago. Read more

    The 11 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • How Did We Move Before We Walked Upright?

    Move Before Walked Upright?

    There’s something of a paradox in the story of human evolution. Chimps are our closet living relatives and they knuckle-walk. Yet there’s no evidence of any of... Read more

    The 17 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Early Humans Were Hunting 1.8 Million Years Ago

    Early Humans Were Hunting Million Years

    Modern humans eat more meat than any other living ape. Although chimps have been seen hunting with spears, meat still only makes up ~3% of their diet yet it... Read more

    The 03 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Skull Spotting Part 2

    Skull Spotting Part

    As the new Dmanisi finds show, species can be difficult to spot and define in the fossil record. To circumvent this problem some palaeoanthropologists divide th... Read more

    The 04 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Are Orang-utans Our Closest Living Relatives?

    Orang-utans Closest Living Relatives?

    This week we have another excellent question (abridged slightly) from Art, who asks….In 1987, as you probably know, Schwartz published THE RED APE, in which he... Read more

    The 11 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Mutation Increases Size of Hippocampus

    Mutation Increases Size Hippocampus

    Interestingly wikipedia tells me the hippocampus is named after the seahorse (whose latin name is Hippocampus), as it resembles oneThe hippocampus is a region o... Read more

    The 20 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Bonobos Beginning to Diverge

    Bonobos Beginning Diverge

    The Bonobo territory, criss-crossed with riversBonobos are cousins of the common chimp, famous for being less violent and more sexually liberal than their... Read more

    The 22 December 2013 by   Reprieve
  • Happy Holidays

    Happy Holidays

    from all the project staff and research assistants at Lajuma! We would like to offer our thanks to everyone who supported or worked with us in 2013 and send... Read more

    The 26 December 2013 by   Iratemonkey
  • Two New Books on Evolution

    Books Evolution

    Here are two new books on evolution. I wrote chapters for both :o Predicting Evolution and Visualizing High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes Effects of Epistasis... Read more

    The 02 December 2013 by   Bjornostman