Humans Taste

Why do Humans have a taste for alcohol?

Humans have enjoyed fermented beverages for thousands of years. According to the experts, we started intentionally fermenting fruits and grains at around the same time agriculture began to take hold in the Middle East and Asia. Some of the first vessels were used to ferment alcohol in Western China around 8,000 years ago, says Robert…

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After Neanderthals left it, modern humans moved in to cave

About 10,000 years before modern humans colonised Europe, a small group of them moved into a cave in southern France that had just been abandoned by Neanderthals – but they only stayed there for about 40 years Humans 9 February 2022 By Michael Marshall Excavations at the entrance of Grotte Mandrin Slimak-Metz A small group…

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Top 10 things that make humans special

Home Countdowns A crowd of people cheering. But what makes humans so special and unique compared with the animal kingdom? (Image credit: Image Source via Getty Images) Humans are unusual animals by any stretch of the imagination. Our special anatomy and abilities, such as big brains and opposable thumbs, have enabled us to change our…

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23,000 years ago, humans in Israel enjoyed a new bounty of food options

As climate shifted 23,000 years ago, humans in Israel experienced a new abundance of food, according to a study published January 26, 2022 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Tikvah Steiner of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and colleagues. The submerged archaeological site of Ohalo II, located on the southern tip of the Sea…

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Humans are so social that we try to fit in with robots

Humans, like most social animals, mirror each other’s mannerisms and facial expressions through an act psychologists call mimicry. More often than not, mimicry helps humans feel more positive about the person they’re with.  “When humans are interacting, they adopt the other’s rhythms in terms of breathing, speaking, and moving—and it’s unconscious,” says Ghiles Mostafaoui, a…

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The Ancient Humans had Pets Too

This story was originally published in our January/February 2022 issue. Click here to subscribe to read more stories like this one.In 2011, archaeologists digging in a second-century A.D. trash dump near an ancient Red Sea port found the remains of a cancer-ridden hound dog wrapped in a palm leaf mat. The team unearthed 585 cat, dog, monkey…

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When humans are gone, what animals might evolve to have our smarts and skills?

Home News Chimpanzees are one of nature’s most adept tool-users (Image credit: Getty Images) Humans are pretty unique among life on Earth. As far as we know, we’re the only living species to evolve a higher intelligence, wear clothes, cook our food, invent smartphones and then get locked out of them when we forget our…

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Are humans at the top of the food chain?

Home News (Image credit: Anastasiia Stiahailo via Getty Images) Lions, gray wolves and great white sharks have one thing in common: They’re top predators. Their diets consist almost entirely of meat, and except in rare instances, these animals have no natural predators — except humans. So, if we are predators of top predators, does that…

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Humans have been relatively short for thousands of years

Until around 150 years ago, humans were relatively short – but our recent growth spurt may have more to do with social factors than dietary ones Humans 2 December 2021 By Michael Marshall A man measures a woman’s heightImage Point Fr/Shutterstock For most of our history, humans have been short, a study has found. Until…

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How do humans affect the nitrogen cycle?

One of the most important elements for life on Earth, nitrogen makes up 78 per cent of the air we breathe and provides vital nourishment for plants to grow. However, modern life is causing catastrophic changes to the delicate balance that has kept our planet’s ecosystems thriving for millennia. As the nitrogen cycle is disrupted,…