biology

An orangutan and a neanderthal face

Podcast Episode 90 l Our two cousins: A neanderthal and an orangutan

We are discussing two different amazing news items in today's podcast. We have the reconstruction of the face of a 75,000-year-old female Neanderthal and then we learn about an orangutan who healed it...

Reconstruction of the face of 75,000-year-old female Neanderthal from cave where species buried their dead. University of Cambridge

The Face of a 75,000-Year-Old Neanderthal

The Face of a 75,000-Year-Old Neanderthal has been reconstructed shedding light on the Evolution of our cousins.

a, Trilobite of the genus Ampyx (UCBL-FSL713598). b, Gastropods associated with a tube-like structure, probably the conulariid Sphenothallus (UCBL-FSL713599). c, Biomineralized conulariid cnidarian (UCBL-FSL713600). d, Articulated brachiopods attached to a possible leptomitid sponge (UCBL-FSL713601). e, Assemblage formed of articulated brachiopods (centre), flattened carapaces probably of bivalved arthropods (centre left and right) and a calymenine trilobite cranidium (left; UCBL-FSL713602). f, A hyolith with possible internal organs (UCBL-FSL713603). Scale bars represent 4 mm in a and e, 1 cm in b and d, 5 mm in c, and 2 mm in f.

A 470 Million Year Old Ordovician Site Found in France

A 470 Million Year Old Ordovician Site has been found in France by amateur paleontologists containing extremely well preserved fauna.

Franklin at work, 1955. She is bent over and looking through a microscope in this black and white image.

Podcast Episode 82 l Rosalind Franklin

Podcast Episode 82 is on Rosalind Franklin a British chemist and X-ray crystallographer, whose work was central to understanding the structure of DNA.

Black and white photo of Charles Darwin in his later years with a beard on the top left. Top right, drawing of Darwin's first evolutionary tree.
During the Darwin family's 1868 holiday in her Isle of Wight cottage, Julia Margaret Cameron took portraits showing the bushy beard Darwin grew between 1862 and 1866.

Podcast l Darwin and Evolution by Natural Selection

This is our Podcast on Darwin & Evolution by Natural Selection celebrating Darwin Day on February 12, and World Evolution Day on November 24.

The colorful Polycarpa aurata sits in a bed of white bryozoans (Triphyllozoon inornatum).

Unveiling the Power of Friction In A Marine Organism

Researchers at ISTA's Heisenberg group have shed light on a remarkable phenomenon: how sea squirt oocytes utilize internal friction to jumpstart development after fertilization, a finding published in...

A close up of a double helix strand of DNA in gold

Evolution may not be as random as we thought

Evolution may not be as random as we thought according to a new study that analysed the pangenome of a single bacterium.

One of the organoids in the experiment conducted by linking brain cells to computer chips. Credit: Cai et al., Nat. Electron., 2023

A human brain cell was put on a chip and can now do math

A human brain cell was put on a chip and can now do math and understand speech. Known as Brainoware, it demonstrates the power of the brain.

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