Browsing All posts tagged under »evolution«

Earliest fossil primate discovered in China

June 9, 2013

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This week has been a very mixed bag of stories on the science desk. It began with a story about the HPV virus (Human Papillomavirus) and Michael Douglas’ throat cancer, which he claimed he developed through oral sex. Then came a study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists which raised the “potential but […]

Great apes have midlife crises too

November 20, 2012

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The midlife crisis clich√© is not uniquely human because our primate cousins go through the same emotions. A team of international researchers have found that dissatisfaction in midlife may have evolved in our common ancestors rather than just from the stresses of modern life. The well-being of 508 captive great apes from around the world […]

Learning to cook may have helped man’s evolution

August 24, 2011

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Bad manners are one of my pet hates and that also includes table manners. It drives me potty when people chew food with their mouth open. Not only is it unsightly but it sounds bloody awful. Thankfully through the art of cooking, food is softened up which means it takes us less time to chew […]

Interbreeding with a caveman has its advantages

August 22, 2011

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I’m battling to keep a cold at bay. I’ve taken on too may shifts back-to-back, not had enough sleep and despite dosing up on vitamin C and germ-killing pills, I’m not convinced it’s having an effect. Our ancestors on the other hand had an extremely novel way at avoiding illness –¬† having sex with a […]

Standing tall – the fighting advantage of our ancestors

May 19, 2011

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I’m a Londoner born and bred. A rare breed in the capital which has become a melting pot of “diversity”. While I was growing up my mother ensured that my tones remained dulcet by sending me to speech and drama lessons. Every now and again the proper Sarf London accent comes out, but only when […]

Premature births could be associated with the evolution of the species

April 16, 2011

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My two younger cousins are both having a baby – by some strange coincidence their wives have become pregnant around the same time. That’s one way to avoid sibling rivalry. As wonderful as the news is, it puts me yet again in the “why is she not married and with child?” spotlight. The recession it […]

People age the same as non-human primates

March 11, 2011

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Like most women I spend far too much money on cosmetics and beauty products. I’m a sucker for anything that tells me it will stave off the ageing process that little bit longer. But the reality is no matter how much jojoba; aloe vera; goji and acai berries there are in my face cream, ageing […]