Many of the words used by scientists when reviewing manuscripts, job candidates and grant applications – words such as incremental, novelty, mechanism, descriptive and impact – have lost their meaning.
Brain lateralization is commonly interpreted as crucial for human brain function and cognition. However, as comparative studies among primates are rare, it is not known which aspects of lateralization are really uniquely human. Here, we quantify...
Misguided assumptions about race are going mainstream, but hard facts can help you combat entrenched attitudes
Simon E. Fisher"There are some fights for which you can arm yourself in advance – when the argument is about race, the weapon of choice is science." A taster of #HowToArgueWithARacist, the compelling new book by geneticist @AdamRutherford
Findings suggest human and Neanderthal lineages more closely intertwined that once thought
Simon E. Fisher"It was believed only non-Africans carried Neandertal genes, due to interbreeding after a human migration out of Africa ~60kyr ago. New findings suggest human & Neandertal lineages are more closely intertwined, pointing to far earlier interbreeding events"
Stress prompts important differences between organoid and human brain cells
Simon E. FisherMake no mistake, each & every model system used in research has its limitations - recognizing these is a crucial way by which science advances. A new paper from the Kriegstein lab highlights ways that cerebral organoids differ from developing human brain
Why fake science spreads faster online than the truth
Simon E. FisherInoculate yourself against the misinformation virus with this superb @BBCRadio4 documentary by @AngelaDSaini, on how the architecture of the internet is fostering the rapid spread of pseudoscience. Essential listening
Children’s skeletons yield genomes more than 3000 years old
Simon E. FisherA glimpse of "a long lost ghost population of modern humans that we didn’t know about before". David Reich tells @evolutionscribe about his team's fascinating new @Nature study, sequencing genomes of children buried in Central Africa 3,000 & 8,000 yrs ago
This Review describes progress in the study of human genetics, in which rapid advances in technology, foundational genomic resources and analytical tools have contributed to the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for many rare and common...
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Dating of bones from Indonesia confirm Homo erectus roamed planet for 1.8m years
Simon E. FisherAt the end of a decade in which our views of hominin evolution have been shaken up multiple times, another surprise twist in the tale. New study reports that Homo erectus were still living on the island of Java as recently as 117,000 years ago.