Some blobby frog heads hide amazing spiny skulls

Beneath their slick skin, some frog skulls sport spines, spikes, and other skeletal secrets called hyperossification.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~7 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology amphibians bones evolution frogs skeletons skulls

Your teeth hold a ‘biological archive’ of your life

Our teeth record experiences like reproduction and incarceration from the time they appear until death, research finds.

James Devitt-NYU
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bones dentistry skeletons teeth

What’s the sex of that skeleton? Check the elbow

The elbow may offer a better way to determine the sex of a skeleton in some populations, researchers report.

Boston University
Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bones forensics sexes skeletons

How squishy animals evolved strong shells and bones

New research sheds light on how animals went from being pretty squishy to evolving hard shells, carapaces, and skeletons.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara
Sept. 6, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: science-and-technology evolution shells skeletons

DNA from 41 skeletons hints at first herders in Africa

DNA evidence from ancient skeletons is beginning to tell the complex story of herding and farming in East Africa.

Gregory Filiano-Stony Brook
May 31, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: society-and-culture agriculture food livestock skeletons sub-saharan-africa

‘Next to zero’ chance that apelike fossil is our direct ancestor

A new analysis challenges the claim that a 2-million-year-old fossil came from a human ancestor.

Matt Wood-U. Chicago
May 14, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans evolution fossils human-evolution skeletons

DNA tells the story of an ancient mass grave

DNA analysis offers clues to the brutal deaths and respectful burial evident in a 5,000-year-old mass grave.

Svend Thanning - U. Copenhagen
May 10, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: society-and-culture archaeology death europe families skeletons

Check out the tiny muscles birds use to fly

Scientists want to know: Do birds wishbones bend during flight? New imaging technology is helping them solve the mystery.

Eric Stann-Missouri
May 1, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: featured science-and-technology birds flight muscles skeletons

Cave full of rat bones reveals ‘Hobbit’ habitat

Thousands of ancient rat bones offer clues to the habitat of the mysterious hominin H. floresiensis, who stood about 3 feet 6 inches tall.

Carol Clark-Emory
March 18, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins

Tags: science-and-technology bones caves ecosystems evolution fossils rats rodents skeletons

Two skeletons aren’t different hominin species after all

An in-depth investigation sorts out the relationship between two early hominin skeletons.

James Devitt-NYU
Jan. 18, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology early-humans evolution fossils human-evolution skeletons

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