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Sifting fossils from dirt is tedious, difficult work. See if you can spot the tiny rodent fossil near the tip of this finger.

Selected Articles

Science article Skeletons Present an Exquisite Paleo-Puzzle (8 Sept 2011)

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Science article on A Denisovan Legacy in the Immune System (26 Aug 2011)

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Science article Who were the Denisovans (26 Aug 2011)

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Science article on early Homo (17 June 2011)

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Science article on Homo Erectus makeover (23 Apr 2010)

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Smithsonian magazine cover story on hominid fossils(Mar 2010)

"Studies of hominid fossils, like 4.4-million-year-old "Ardi," are changing ideas about human origins."

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Science article on the Evolution of Childhood (14 Nov 2008)

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Science article on Greening Haiti, Tree by Tree (5 Feb 2010)

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Science article on Ardipithecus Ramidus -- Breakthrough of the Year (18 Dec 2009)

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Science article What's for Dinner? Researchers Seek Our Ancestors' Answers (11 Dec 2009)

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Science article The View From Afar (2 Oct 2009)

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Science article on Habitat for Humanity (2 Oct 2009)

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Science article on A New Kind of Ancestor: Ardipithecus Unveiled (2 Oct 2009)

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Science special issue articles on Ardipithecus unveiled. (2 Oct 2009)

"In this special issue of Science, a multidisciplinary international team presents the oldest known skeleton of a potential human ancestor, 4.4-million-year-old Ardipithecus ramidus from Aramis, Ethiopia. This remarkably rare skeleton is not the oldest putative hominin, but it is by far the most complete of the earliest specimens."

Details at Science's special Ardipithecus web page here. See also a summary here and a description of the Middle Awash project here, both at the Science magazine website.


Science article on the evolution of childhood. (14 Nov 2008)

"Unlike other apes, humans depend on their parents for a long period after weaning. But when--and why--did our long childhood evolve?"

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Op-ed from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, with Beatriz Luna: Teens Discover Sex! (19 Dec 2007)

"THE NEW REPORT from the Centers for Disease Control on teen pregnancy confirms what many of us already know -- denying information to teens about how to prevent pregnancy does not prevent them from finding out about sex. It turns out they figure that out on their own. The recent rise in the teen birth rate, reversing a 14-year trend, proves that."

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Article in Science, Food for Thought (15 June 2007)

Did the first cooked meals help fuel the dramatic evolutionary expansion of the human brain?

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Op-ed from the Los Angeles Times: (22 Apr 2006)

"IT'S BEEN A TOUGH month for creationists. On April 6, evolutionary biologists announced the discovery of a fossil of Tiktaalik roseae, a giant fish whose fins were evolving into limbs when it died 375 million years ago. This scaly creature of the sea was in transition to becoming a land animal, the discoverers wrote in Nature ...."

The complete article can be viewed at: The Los Angeles Times

Ann has published many articles in Science and other publications.

Ann Gibbons--Author of The First Human



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