Category Archives: Mammals

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

Why are human babies so helpless?

A baby gazelle struggles to climb on its legs straight after being born. A newborn monkey clings tightly to its mother’s fur. And then you look at human babies, feeble and vulnerable creatures. And you can’t help but wonder how

How the way horses move can tell us about the genetics of limb coordination

Most horses naturally use three gaits: the walk, the trot and the gallop. But some breeds have additional gaits. For example, some Icelandic horses can pace and tölt. In the pace, like in the trot, two feet are always off

How the way horses move can tell us about the genetics of limb coordination

Most horses naturally use three gaits: the walk, the trot and the gallop. But some breeds have additional gaits. For example, some Icelandic horses can pace and tölt. In the pace, like in the trot, two feet are always off

Older fathers have more risk of having diseased children

Tick tock, tick tock. The clock is ticking for women. They can’t have children forever. But, although men produce sperm until late in life, in the light of accumulating evidence that the risk to have a child with a disease

Older fathers have more risk of having diseased children

Tick tock, tick tock. The clock is ticking for women. They can’t have children forever. But, although men produce sperm until late in life, in the light of accumulating evidence that the risk to have a child with a disease

Do our senses affect how much we eat?

There’s only one cookie left in the box. It looks so forlorn. You know you shouldn’t, you already had several cookies. But it would be stupid to leave a single cookie in the box. You eat the cookie. Sounds familiar? Well, don’t

Do our senses affect how much we eat?

There’s only one cookie left in the box. It looks so forlorn. You know you shouldn’t, you already had several cookies. But it would be stupid to leave a single cookie in the box. You eat the cookie. Sounds familiar? Well, don’t

Towards a contraceptive for men

Researchers identified a molecule that inhibits a protein essential for sperm production thus holding promises for the development of a male contraceptive. The total DNA contained in a human cell is about 2 meters long. The diameter of a cell

Towards a contraceptive for men

Researchers identified a molecule that inhibits a protein essential for sperm production thus holding promises for the development of a male contraceptive. The total DNA contained in a human cell is about 2 meters long. The diameter of a cell

One more genetic clue about what makes us human

Where do we come from? If there’s one question that has obsessed humanity since the dawn of time, maybe that’s the one. In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote: “We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy,

One more genetic clue about what makes us human

Where do we come from? If there’s one question that has obsessed humanity since the dawn of time, maybe that’s the one. In The Descent of Man, Charles Darwin wrote: “We thus learn that man is descended from a hairy,

Mammals were doing good long before the dinosaurs said goodbye

The common view is that the first mammals were tiny, nocturnal insectivores and they only evolved in the vast array of ecological and morphological forms we know today once the dinosaurs cleared the scene. But it seems it’s not quite

Mammals were doing good long before the dinosaurs said goodbye

The common view is that the first mammals were tiny, nocturnal insectivores and they only evolved in the vast array of ecological and morphological forms we know today once the dinosaurs cleared the scene. But it seems it’s not quite