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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Live Chat: The Scars of Human Evolution
13 February 2013 2:34 pm
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Humans are by far the most successful primates on the planet. We owe our status to the evolution of our large and complex brains, upright walking, high fertility, and long lifespans. But we’ve paid a price for these adaptations. Our big-brained babies are difficult to deliver at birth, our backs ache from upright walking, and our long lives predispose us to cancer and other diseases. What other costs have we incurred in becoming human? How did this happen? And what else are we learning about the unique evolutionary path of our species?
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Karen Rosenberg is a paleoanthropologist who specializing in pelvic morphology, Neandertals, the origin of modern humans and the evolution of human childbirth and infant helplessness. She has studied human fossils in many parts of the world including Europe, Israel, China and South Africa.
Rachel Caspari is a Professor of Anthropology at Central Michigan University and a member of the Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Bone Research Center at the University of Michigan. Dr. Caspari is a paleoanthropologist with a focus on the Upper Pleistocene and demographic changes in human evolution.
Ann Gibbons is a contributing correspondent for Science magazine and the author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors, which was a finalist for the LA Times best science and technology book in 2007.