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13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Human Birth

Everyone on Earth has been through it, but there’s a lot about birth that you’re probably unfamiliar with. Here’s thirteen facts about the human birthing process you may not have picked up in biology class.

8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution

Homo sapiens evolved about 200-150,000 years ago in Africa, but our story as a species stretches back much further than that with early human ancestors. And the evolution of Homo sapiens is itself a tangled tale, full of unanswered questions and gothic family melodrama. Here are a few facts you may not know about the human evolutionary story.

Are Cities Evolving Into Hive Organisms?

Today, more than half of the human population lives in hive-like warrens called cities. Does this mean we are on the tipping point of becoming colony animals the way bees and ants did? It’s not entirely impossible. We talked to scientists to find out whether urban humans are evolving into superorganisms.

Why Would Evolution Favour These Insane Adaptations?

Life has been evolving on Earth for approximately 3.5 billion years. And in that time, to quote Jurassic Park‘s chaos theorist Ian Malcolm, “Life, uh… finds a way.” Life has found ways to flourish in an incredible number of habitats, and this has led to some almost unbelievable adaptations.

How Does Evolution Explain Human Cannibalism?

Most people only resort to cannibalism in extreme situations — and we usually view them as victims of temporary insanity. Starvation, we say, has “stripped them of their humanity.” But a closer look at these stories shows that cannibalism follows behaviour patterns that are consistent with evolutionary theory.

Looks Like We Were Wrong About The Origin Of Dogs

The precise origin of our canine companions is mired in controversy. But a new study suggests that dogs emerged from not one but two different populations of ancient wolves. What’s more, this dual domestication happened on opposite sides of the Eurasian continent.

Genetic Clues Reveal How Giraffes Got Their Long Necks

For the first time ever, scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s tallest land species, the giraffe. Surprisingly, this majestic creature required only a small handful of mutations to attain its remarkable physical stature and physiology — but these mutations packed an evolutionary punch.

Where Did Kissing Come From?

Kissing is so commonplace that most people rarely think to stop and ask where humans picked up the habit in the first place. Where in humanity’s evolutionary history did smooshing our faces together come to be regarded as a display of lust, care, friendship, and love?

Saharan Silver Ants Have Evolved An Awesome Way Of Fighting Extreme Desert Heat

The strikingly beautiful Saharan silver ant is capable of withstanding some of the most extreme temperatures on the planet. New research shows that their silver sheen serves as a heat-repellent system, reflecting incoming sunlight like a prism.

The Most Unfortunate Design Flaws In The Human Body

Sometimes evolution is stupid, and the human body is proof. Here are the most problematic physical and behavioural “scars of evolution” we humans have to deal with.

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