5 comments on “This Week in Science: September 6th, 2015

  • Drones, researcher new BFF, especially in the wild.

    Curious if these (or any) chimps would choose a manmade object, such as a baseball bat, during a flyover.

    Also, going out on a limb here – are chimps capable of learning the concept of blindly hitting a piñata full of treats.

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  • @OP – Global Count Reaches 3 Trillion Trees

    I think this is not clear and would be better presented as an area of forest.

    Self-seeded tree seedlings are numerous, to the extent that I don’t even know how many trees there are in my own garden, when I am weeding out ones in inappropriate places!

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  • I think this one needs to be added to the list!


    Scientists have discovered a new human-like species in a burial chamber deep in a cave system in South Africa.

    The discovery of 15 partial skeletons is the largest single discovery of its type in Africa.

    The researchers claim that the discovery will change ideas about our human ancestors.

    The studies which have been published in the journal Elife also indicate that these individuals were capable of ritual behaviour.

    The species, which has been named naledi, has been classified in the grouping, or genus, Homo, to which modern humans belong.

    The researchers who made the find have not been able to find out how long ago these creatures lived – but the scientist who led the team, Prof Lee Berger, told BBC News that he believed they could be among the first of our kind (genus Homo) and could have lived in Africa up to three million years ago.

    Like all those working in the field, he is at pains to avoid the term “missing link”. Prof Berger says naledi could be thought of as a “bridge” between more primitive bipedal primates and humans.

    “We’d gone in with the idea of recovering one fossil. That turned into multiple fossils. That turned into the discovery of multiple skeletons and multiple individuals.

    “And so by the end of that remarkable 21-day experience, we had discovered the largest assemblage of fossil human relatives ever discovered in the history of the continent of Africa.

    The haul of 15 partial skeletons includes both males and females of varying ages – from infants to elderly. The discovery is unprecedented in Africa and will shed more light on how the first humans evolved.

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  • I just Shared this one on Facebook to my associated nerds. Brilliant discovery. This will just keep on producing paper after paper. I tried to post it on the Freedom from Atheism Foundation page, but I’ve been banned. Oh well.

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  • David R Allen
    Sep 10, 2015 at 7:38 am

    . I tried to post it on the Freedom from Atheism Foundation page, but I’ve been banned. Oh well.

    It must be part of the system for screening the Free- dumb from inconvenient facts!

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