Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient Humans

Science|Ghost DNA Hints at Africa’s Missing Ancient HumansmatterGenes in some living West Africans shed light on human genetic diversity, which has been difficult to find in the continent’s fossil record.The ancestors of Neanderthals and Denisovans split from our shared ancestor about 600,000 years ago, quite likely in Africa. Read more »

Ancient DNA from West Africa Adds to Picture of Humans’ Rise

matterFrom a burial site in Cameroon, archaeologists recovered human genetic material dating as far back as 8,000 years.The Shum Laka rock shelter in Cameroon, where the remains of two 8,000-year-old boys were discovered in 1994. Read more »

China Confirms New Coronavirus Spreads From Humans to Humans

Outside Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan, China, the city where the virus originated.Zhong Nanshan, a scientist who is leading a government-appointed expert panel on the outbreak, said in an interview on state-run television on Monday. Read more »

Mythical Beings May Be Earliest Imaginative Cave Art by Humans

A humanoid with a bird-like head was among the eight therianthrope figures depicted in a cave painting on the island of Sulawesi.The otherworldly nature of the therianthropes also raises the possibility that they are mythical beings, or manifestations of “animal spirit helpers” that are common in shamanic beliefs, according to the study. Read more »

Humans Shipped an Awful Cargo Across the Seas: Cancer

Originating in one species in the Northern Hemisphere, the cancer has established itself in another species in the Southern Hemisphere.In a study published in August, Elizabeth Murchison of the University of Cambridge in Britain and her colleagues analyzed the genomes of dog cancer cells from around the world. Read more »

Hurricanes May Kill Some Birds, but Humans Are the Real Threat

By destroying the environments where birds live, introducing alien predators and damaging the environment in other ways, humans gradually put birds, and of course other species, at risk.The introduction of alien predators to the island may have contributed to its disappearance. Read more »

Humans Dominated Earth Earlier Than Previously Thought

A new report by a worldwide collection of archaeological experts has found that human activity began altering the planet 3,000 years ago, much earlier than previously estimated.29, 2019Humans substantially altered the planet much earlier than previously thought, a worldwide collection of archaeological experts reported Thursday. Read more »

Hanging Out With Humans Makes This Seed-Eating Bird Bad at Its Job

TrilobitesThe weka, a flightless bird in New Zealand, brings plants to new areas by eating their fruit and excreting the seeds.Jo Carpenter, a postdoctoral researcher at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research and the lead author of the new study. Read more »

To Tell the Story of Biodiversity Loss, Make It About Humans

Reader Center|To Tell the Story of Biodiversity Loss, Make It About HumansTimes InsiderThe authors of a sweeping United Nations report on species in danger of extinction faced the same question I often do in reporting: Why should anyone care about the loss of nature?On Monday, I wrote about a sweeping new United Nations report warning that humans were destroying Earth’s natural ecosystems at an “unprecedented” pace. Read more »

Humans Are Speeding Extinction and Altering the Natural World at an ‘Unprecedented’ Pace

With the human population passing 7 billion, activities like farming, logging, poaching, fishing and mining are altering the natural world at a rate “unprecedented in human history.Humans are producing more food than ever, but land degradation is already harming agricultural productivity on 23 percent of the planet’s land area, the new report said. Read more »