One of our extinct ancient relatives developed a chewing pattern unique among primates

We don’t know why they did so.

Whale skulls act like resonance chambers to help them hear underwater

First whole-body CT scan of a minke whale yields insights on whale communication

How expressive eyebrows helped shape human evolution

Well this study is bound to raise some eyebrows.

Surreal, six-inch mummy with an elongated skull finally described by scientists

Spoiler alert: not an alien.

We owe the shape of our jaws, at least in part, to our ancestors’ love of cheese

Cheese — it literally made your bones what they are.

Tiny, fossilized ape skull brings us closer to the common human-ape ancestor, fuels debate over humanity’s place of birth

Not bad for such a small thing.

Facial reconstruction shows how British people looked like 3,700 years ago

Short, round skulls were the norm then.

Man 3-D prints his wife’s tumor and saves her life

ZME Science has reported extensively on how 3-D printing is being implemented in the medical sector with some fantastic results. Yet, the real revolutionary thing about 3D printing – whether used for product prototyping, printing prostheses or spare parts on the International Space Station – is that anyone can use it. Such is the story of Michael Balzer who made

Why in the world do we have chins? Maybe, because we evolved from being just brutes

Ever wondered what chins are good for? Upon a quick reflection, you might think it actually has some practical value, supporting your jaw against the massive chewing forces. But that’s nonsense. It doesn’t do any of that, as a recent research concludes. In fact, the chin – the last facial feature to stop growing – actually makes the jaw less resistant to the bending stress of chewing as we age. Though still a mystery, scientists believe the chin is actually a side effect of the rest of the face having become smaller. Much smaller than that of early ancestors or cousin Neanderthals, at least.

Transition to civilization led to drop in testosterone

A study suggests that humanity’s transition to civilization coincided with a drop in testosterone. Less of the hormone is associated with less aggressive behavior and showing tolerance – both essential qualities to a thriving community.

First complete cranium replacement performed using 3D printing

Many herald 3-D printing as a new wave set to revolutionize manufacturing in the 21 century. I fully agree in most respects, however the benefits medicine can achieve through this technology haven’t been stressed enough, maybe. There’s a pen that 3-d prints bone directly on lesion sites, 3d printed skin¬†or prosthetic. It’s the field of medical implants, however, where 3d

Crania Americana: the most influential book on scientific racism

For men of simple means and upbringing, it’s easy to credit racism: the other fellow is different from me – his skin is of another color, his hair is weird, his language sounds stupid. Racism has had a wicked role to play in society since antiquity, fueling the murders and enslaving of millions of people and culminating with the great

American skulls have significantly gotten larger in the past seven generations, and still growing

A new study from anthropologists at University of Tennessee¬†analyzed the skulls of caucasian American men and women from between the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Their findings showed that the average American’s skull today is larger and narrower than it used to be seven generations ago. In total, over 1,500 skulls have been analyzed, and though humans are taller, in general,

Ancient Brits made goblets from skulls

Nowadays Brits may be some of the most civilized people on Earth, but 15.000 years ago, things were really different. Ancient Britons devoured their dead and made ritualic goblets from their skulls, a study conducted by London’s Natural History Museum concluded. The gruelsome discovery was made in Southern England, more specifically in Gough’s Cave in the Cheddar Gorge in the