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Huge, Shaggy Head of 40,000-Year-Old Wolf Unearthed in Siberia

A well-preserved head belonging to an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf has been pulled from the permafrost of northeastern Siberia. The enormous, well-preserved head could yield important genetic information about the evolutionary history of wolves and the origin of domesticated dogs. Read More >>

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Evolution Glitch Brought the Poor Wooly Rhino Neck Ribs and Extinction

Normally, we think of evolution as a good thing for a species. Humans, we evolved to walk on two legs and talk and stuff. Bacteria evolve to overcome whatever new antibiotic we try to throw at them. But it appears that, for woolly rhinos, evolution decided “lol, no.” Read More >>

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Humans Settled Australia’s Interior Way Earlier Than We Realised

Aboriginal people settled Australia’s hot, dry interior at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new archaeological evidence unearthed from an ancient rock shelter. It’s a remarkable discovery that points to a level of technological sophistication previously unknown to exist in Australia or Southeast Asia during the late Pleistocene — and it could reshape our understanding of how the last habitable continent on Earth was settled. Read More >>

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Human Ancestors Used to be Snacks For Ice Age Predators

Humans have been fighting each other for thousands of years, but our ancestors had to worry about all sorts of savage killers. As now highlighted by an ancient, heavily gnawed femur bone, we weren’t always at the top of the food chain. Read More >>