Did Ear Infections Kill Off The Neanderthals?

It is one of the great unsolved mysteries of anthropology. What killed off the Neanderthals, and why did Homo sapiens thrive even as Neanderthals withered to extinction? Was it some sort of plague specific only to Neanderthals? Was there some sort of cataclysmic event in their homelands of Eurasia that lead to their disappearance? A… Continue reading Did Ear Infections Kill Off The Neanderthals?

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How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

How did humans get to be so much fatter than our closest primate relatives, despite sharing 99% of the same DNA? A new study suggests that part of the answer may have to do with an ancient molecular shift in how DNA is packaged inside fat cells, which curbed our body’s ability to turn ‘bad’… Continue reading How Did Humans Become the “Fat Apes?”

Is This the Weight Loss “Magic Bullet?”

Compare photos of a crowded beach or stadium from 50 years ago to similar photos of today. You’re likely to notice some very stark differences. At least one of them should shock and terrify you. First, you might notice that food and beverages were smaller in the photos of yesteryear, and that fewer people seemed… Continue reading Is This the Weight Loss “Magic Bullet?”