Klasifikasi ras manusia: Kesalahan terbesar dalam sejarah sains

Sains (ilmu pengetahuan) merupakan salah satu penemuan umat manusia yang paling luar biasa. Ia telah menjadi sumber inspirasi dan pemahaman, telah menyingkap tabir kebodohan dan takhayul, menjadi katalisator perubahan sosial dan pertumbuhan ekonomi, serta menyelamatkan banyak nyawa. Namun, sejarah juga menunjukkan kepada kita bahwa sains tidak sepenuhnya menjadi berkah. Beberapa temuan sains telah menimbulkan lebih […]

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Did Humans Evolve in Europe Rather than Africa? We Don’t Have the Answer Just Yet

Charles Darwin believed that humans evolved in Africa, because that’s where our closest ape relatives the chimpanzees and gorillas live. And during the twentieth century he was vindicated through a combination of fossil and genetic discoveries. While our place in the tree of life is now well established – chimpanzees being our closest relatives – […]

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New Skulls from China Have Scientists and the Media in a Muddle

Just a decade ago we thought we had solved the mystery of mysteries. We were confident we had finally puzzled out the evolutionary origins of modern humans. Two hundred thousand years ago our species evolved in sub-Saharan Africa and by around 60,000 years ago strode out to settle Asia, Australia, Europe and eventually the Americas, […]

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Where Were All the Women in the Stone Age?

Were there any women around in the Palaeolithic Era? If popular culture is any guide you’d think not. And even archaeology itself has a long way to go to address a deeply ingrained bias towards men. It’s obvious that without women Homo sapiens could hardly be here today. But our cultural imaginings of the Palaeolithic […]

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The Biggest Mistake in the History of Science

Science is one of the most remarkable inventions of humankind. It has been a source of inspiration and understanding, lifted the veil of ignorance and superstition, been a catalyst for social change and economic growth, and saved countless lives. Yet, history also shows us that its been a mixed blessing. Some discoveries have done far […]

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Paleopups and Paleopussies: Is a Paleodiet For Your Pet a Step Too Far?

Will 2016 be the year the world finally lost interest in the paleodiet? Believe it or not, it’s already happened! ‘Peak-paleo’ passed without notice way back in January 2014. We’re often a little behind the global trends down-under, so Australia’s own peak-paleo occurred almost two years after the rest of the planet. This might explain […]

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Fabricating Science: Discussing Fraud Can Rebuild Community Confidence and Deepen Understanding of How Science Works

It’s an exceptionally rewarding, and also challenging, time to be practising science. Science has never enjoyed the level of public interest it does today thanks to rising education levels and that wonder of the modern age known as the internet. With a couple of clicks of the mouse, or swipes of the touch screen, personalised […]

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