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Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
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Harold L. Dibble is a professor of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and curator-in-charge of the European section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. His research interests include archaeological methods, lithic analysis, and the origins of modern culture.
John D. Speth holds an Arthur F. Thurnau (Emeritus) Professorship for Outstanding Contributions to Undergraduate Education; he is also professor emeritus of anthropology in the Department of Anthropology and curator emeritus of archaeology in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is interested in the evolution of forager diet, subsistence strategies, and food processing technologies, and, more specifically, in the ways that hunter-gatherers cope with seasonal and interannual unpredictability in their food supply.
Michael Balter has been a journalist for more than 30 years, the last 20 of them based mostly in Paris, France. He was Paris bureau chief for Science from 1991 to 2002, and continues to write regularly for the journal's news pages as a Contributing Correspondent.