The discovery of a fossil “treasure hoard” illuminates the rise of fishes. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) have recently found two fossil repositories in the early Silurian strata of southwest Guizhou and Chongqing
Source: New Findings Rewrite the Evolutionary Story of “Fish to Human”
What did people eat for dinner tens of thousands of years ago? Many advocates of the so-called Paleo diet will tell you that our ancestors’ plates were heavy on meat and low on carbohydrates — and that, as a result, we have evolved to thrive on this type of nutritional regimen.
Source: Our Ancestors Ate a Paleo Diet. It Had Carbs. | Portside
Linguists have long considered grammar to be the glue of language, and key to how children learn it. But new prose-writing AIs suggest language experience may be more important than grammar.
Source: AI is changing scientists’ understanding of language learning – and raising questions about an innate grammar
A new James Webb image of an extreme star system surrounded by surreal, geometric rings had even astronomers scratching their heads.
Source: Alien Megastructures? Cosmic Thumbprint? Here’s What’s Behind This Spectacular James Webb Image
Handprints on a cave wall, crumbs from a meal: the new science of Neanderthals radically recasts the meaning of humanity
Source: To know ourselves, we must first know the Neanderthals | Aeon Essays
‘Odyssey’ and ‘The Evolution of Charles Darwin’ trace a thinker’s passage from ‘gentleman naturalist’ to titan of science. We have many posts here on the plagiarism issue. Source: Two Books on the …
Source: The charges of plagiarism from Wallace have never been properly addressed – 1848+: The End(s) of History
Researchers in artificial intelligence have made strides in mimicking language—but they still can’t capture what truly makes it human.
Source: AI Can’t Fully Capture Oral Languages – SAPIENS
Discoveries in the fields of human origins, paleoanthropology, cognitive science, and behavioral biology have accelerated in the past few decades. We occasionally bump into news reports that new findings have revolutionary implications for how humanity lives today—but the information for the most pa
Source: New discoveries about human prehistory are opening up revolutionary possibilities – Alternet.org
What does it mean to say that a theory is “in crisis”? It’s not enough to point out that a theory is inconsistent with evidence.
Source: Is Darwinism a Theory in Crisis? | Evolution News
Organisms called “methanogens” likely lived in underground lairs on Mars billions of years ago, a new study says, and they may still exist.
Source: Mars ‘Very Likely’ Hosted Subterranean Alien Life, And May Still, Scientists Say