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'Benign' malaria key driver of human evolution in Asia-Pacific

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1000pa (Sep. 4, 2012) — The malaria species rampant in the Asia-Pacific region has been a significant driver of evolution of the human genome, a new study has shown. Share This: See Also: Health & MedicineMalariaInfectious DiseasesPlants & AnimalsPests and ParasitesEvolutionary BiologyFossils & RuinsEvolutionCharles DarwinReference Vector (biology)Pest (animal)Tropical diseaseProtozoa

An international team of researchers has shown that Plasmodium vivax malaria, the most prevalent malaria species in the Asia-Pacific, is a significant cause of genetic evolution that provides protection against malaria.

Their finding challenges the widely-accepted theory that Plasmodium...

Evolutionary increase in size of the human brain explained: Part of a protein linked to rapid change in cognitive ability

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1000pa (Aug. 16, 2012) — Researchers have found what they believe is the key to understanding why the human brain is larger and more complex than that of other animals. Share This: See Also: Mind & BrainIntelligenceBrain InjuryPsychologyFossils & RuinsHuman EvolutionEarly HumansCulturesReference Brain damageFunctional neuroimagingNeuroscienceEncephalopathy

The human brain, with its unequaled cognitive capacity, evolved rapidly and...

Anthropologist finds explanation for hominin brain evolution in famous fossils

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1000pa (May 7, 2012) — One of the world's most important fossils has a story to tell about the brain evolution of modern humans and their ancestors, according to Florida State University evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk.

The Taung fossil -- the first australopithecine ever discovered -- has two significant features that were analyzed by Falk and a group of anthropological researchers. Their findings, which suggest brain evolution was a result of a complex set of...

Largest known crocodile could swallow a human

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1000pa (May 4, 2012) — A crocodile large enough to swallow humans once lived in East Africa, according to a University of Iowa researcher. "It’s the largest known true crocodile,” says Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience. “It may have exceeded 27 feet in length. By comparison, the largest recorded Nile crocodile was less than 21 feet, and most are much smaller.”

Brochu’s paper on the discovery of a new crocodile species was just published in the May 3...

Limited genetic diversity found in the extinct Tasmanian tiger

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1000pa (Apr. 18, 2012) — German scientists of the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW) and international colleagues have now demonstrated that the Tasmanian tiger, also known as Tasmanian wolf or thylacine, possessed limited genetic variability prior to its extinction. This might have been caused by geographical isolation when Tasmania was isolated from mainland Australia 10-13 thousand years ago.

The Tasmanian tiger, which looks like a wolf but evolved from a...

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