Modern Human Evolution

A collection of links that take you deeper and beyond what you are learning in class.

Modern human brain organization emerged only recently

Modern human brain organization emerged only recently

Homo sapiens fossils demonstrate a gradual evolution of the human brain towards its modern globular shape.

mpg.de
Chickens tell tale of human migration across Pacific

Chickens tell tale of human migration across Pacific

Holiday in Hawaii and one of the birds you’re most likely to encounter is the chicken. You find them everywhere from beaches, to car parks and on walks through the bushland. But chickens are not native to the Hawaiian islands, so how did they get there?

theconversation.com
How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked [Interactive &

How to Really Eat Like a Hunter-Gatherer: Why the Paleo Diet Is Half-Baked [Interactive &

We are not biologically identical to our Paleolithic predecessors, nor do we have access to the foods they ate. And deducing dietary guidelines from modern foraging societies is difficult because they vary so much by geography, season and opportunity.

scientificamerican.com
Gene linked to breastfeeding may have boosted survival of earliest Americans

Gene linked to breastfeeding may have boosted survival of earliest Americans

Gene found in Native Americans and Asians may have helped babies survive in dark Arctic winters

sciencemag.org
Without Our Eyebrows, Humans Could Have Died Out Just Like Neanderthals

Without Our Eyebrows, Humans Could Have Died Out Just Like Neanderthals

We all have them, but what are eyebrows actually for? While eyebrows help to prevent debris, sweat, and water from falling into the eye socket, they serve another important function too – and it's all to do with how they move, and with human connection.

sciencealert.com
A brief history of the human genome

A brief history of the human genome

From the first cells to the dawn of our species, Michael Le Page takes a whirlwind tour through 3 billion years of evolution

newscientist.com
Why Are Human Teeth So Messed Up?

Why Are Human Teeth So Messed Up?

Many of us have had crooked, ill-fitting teeth at some point in our lives. The reason has a lot to do with what we eat.

sapiens.org
Chin evolution

Chin evolution

Radio NZ Podcast. Why we humans have chins. That jutting piece of bone at the front of your face makes us unique in the animal kingdom. But nobody really knows why we've evolved to have them!

radionz.co.nz
What a hunter-gatherer diet does to the body

What a hunter-gatherer diet does to the body

A scientist from King's College London stayed with the Hadza tribe in Tanzania. After 72 hours his body had already begun to change.

edition.cnn.com
The Mutation That Helped Ancient Humans Survive Frostbite Probably Gave Us Arthritis

The Mutation That Helped Ancient Humans Survive Frostbite Probably Gave Us Arthritis

When humans began their slow migration out of Africa some 100,000 years ago , they carried with them the genetic seeds necessary to help survive the bitter chill of Europe and Asia.

sciencealert.com
Mutations may reveal how Tibetans can live on world’s highest plateau

Mutations may reveal how Tibetans can live on world’s highest plateau

Adaptations include those for increased BMI and folate production

sciencemag.org
Natural selection hidden in modern medicine?

Natural selection hidden in modern medicine?

No one needs to tell a new mother that human childbirth can be challenging, to say the least. While monkeys and apes (our closest evolutionary relatives) spend about two hours laboring during birth, h

evolution.berkeley.edu
Nose evolution shaped by climate

Nose evolution shaped by climate

Your nose looks the way it does thanks, in part, to the climate where your ancient ancestors lived, finds new research. The new study, published today in PLOS Genetics, explores the evolutionary histo

sciblogs.co.nz