Top 6 Human Evolution Discoveries of 2018 | PLOS SciComm

Here we are, once again, at the end of a calendar year filled with lots of exciting news in the field of human evolution. Last year, just as we were finalizing edits on the 2017 Top 5 Human Evolution Discoveries list, the remainder of the skeleton of a human ancestor known colloquially as “Little Foot” (belonging to the genus Australopithecus, the same genus, but different species, as the famed “Lucy” fossil) was finally revealed after 20 years of cleaning and excavation from its embedding rock. Amazingly, just as we are finishing the edits for this year’s installment of top human evolution discoveries, Little Foot is back in the news. As of the last week of November, full descriptions and analyses of the remainder of the fossils are now available (prior to undergoing peer-review) on the preprint server bioRxiv. Enjoy reading our Top 6 list for 2018! Why 6? These stories are too cool not to share.–JMO By Ella Beaudoin, BA, and Briana Pobiner, PhD, Human Origins Program,

Source: Top 6 Human Evolution Discoveries of 2018 | PLOS SciComm

Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate — ScienceDaily

As human activities cause the Earth’s temperature to increase, reliable, well-studied weather patterns like the Madden-Julian Oscillation will change too, say researchers.

Source: Reliable tropical weather pattern to change in a warming climate — ScienceDaily

How Alexander Hamilton saw Trump’s desperate power grabs coming more than 240 years ago – Alternet.org

When President Donald Trump picked Matthew Whitaker to become acting attorney general, he brazenly skirted the official line of succession in the Justice Department, skipping over much more qualified — and Senate-confirmed — candidates such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Solicitor Gen

Source: How Alexander Hamilton saw Trump’s desperate power grabs coming more than 240 years ago – Alternet.org