Monthly Archives: April 2015

Who were the Denisovans anyway?

Human evolution used to be the preserve of two groups of academics: the ones who liked fossils and the ones who liked stone tools. Both regarded the other as peculiar for being obsessed with the wrong part of a massive … Continue reading

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Side by side by Homo

Of the many and varied animals that lived alongside the earliest members of our own genus, Homo, few are as captivatingly enigmatic as the hominins that are grouped together as ‘robust australopithecines’, or placed in the genus Paranthropus. These are … Continue reading

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“Nice Beaver!”

Childhood stories probably influence how we see familiar creatures. If someone talks about beavers, I think about Narnian beavers. In the delightful C. S Lewis book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the good beavers have cozy homes, make … Continue reading

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The long reign of terror

Something has survived. Bold capital letters spell out the above chilling sentence on the back cover to Michael Crichton’s sequel to Jurassic Park. No blurb. No description of the novel. Those three words say enough. That short, simple, yet powerful … Continue reading

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A sticky end for the Monster Birds

California. A state well known for endlessly perfect sandy beaches, sun, wine, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Hidden below the surface of this famous American state lies a more complex history that only reveals itself when we look a little closer. Locked … Continue reading

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The last Giant Deer

There’s been recurring themes in much of the research we’ve undertaken while finding new Twilight Beasts for this blog. Overkill, as discussed by Ross in his harrowing blog on the Steller Sea Cow is one of them; environmental changes caused … Continue reading

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