Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:00

Man vs. Chimpanzee: Who Would Win?

As advanced as human beings believe we are, there’s one area where a certain species could beat us. In a physical battle, experts say a chimpanzee would be at an advantage. Pound for pound, chimpanzees are approximately 1.35 times more powerful than their human counterparts. This is according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix.

To learn more about the strength of our animal kingdom counterparts, scientists reviewed previous studies looking into chimpanzee strength. The study’s authors found that in activities like jumping, pushing, pulling, and lifting, most primates are stronger than humans. This includes monkeys and apes, the study’s authors said.

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Scientists are fascinated by a 2013 find in South Africa. Discovered among a collection of 1,500 human fossils gathered in the area was Homo naledi, a primitive human estimated to have lived between 236,000 and 335,000 years ago. This puts this species in South Africa not long before Homo sapiens made its first appearance.

Although Homo naledi appears to have had a small brain, it is otherwise human in appearance, including long legs. From their research, scientists were able to determine that Homo naledi likely was a toolmaker, as well as being a good climber. They also found that this particular species likely buried its dead, something that was previously associated with a more modern development. The combination of Homo sapiens-like traits has some experts wondering if man evolved more gradually than previously assumed. Some researchers believe there was a species called Homo helmei that transitioned to the earliest Homo sapiens.

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Sunday, 16 October 2016 00:00

Study Connects Murder to Evolution

Humans are considered an evolved species, freed from the biological limitations of other species. Yet a small percentage of the population does eventually turn to murder, whether it’s for love, money, or due to some form of mental illness.

According to a new study, that small percentage may not be as abnormal as we think. A group of evolutionary biologists at the University of Granada studied more than four million murder records, noting the murderous tendencies of 1,024 mammalian species. The study actually found that humans are more murderous than other species.

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