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Do not trust this face. New research links wide faces to lying and cheating. Flickr/Jake Mates

Study links face shape to lying

Men with wide faces are more likely to lie and cheat to get ahead than their narrow-faced brethren, according to new research. However, the study has drawn criticism from psychologists who say it may have…
Guess what? It’s not so much size but the shape that matters. Ozchin

Seen one seen them all? More to genitalia than meets the eye

Why should male genitalia be so variable? This problem has puzzled evolutionary biologists for decades. Even to the experts, it can be difficult to tell closely-related species apart just by looking at…
Long thought to be the effect of osmosis, scientists now think fingers wrinkle in the wet to give us better grip. Flickr/Theron LaBounty

Prune fingers give us better grip in slippery situations

Human fingers go wrinkly in the bath to give us better grip in the wet, scientists have discovered, contradicting a widely held belief that osmosis is the cause. Wet fingers and toes wrinkle after about…

Look ma, no hands: fish using tools

Humans were once thought to be the only tool users, but in recent years other primates and even birds have been shown to…

Hair in the air: how bats stay aloft

Bats are the only mammals capable of powered flight, and they perform impressive aerial maneuvers like tight turns, hovering…
Rock stars are successful in the bedroom, but all too often their wild lifestyle catches up with them. Flickr/Chalocuaz

Get laid or die trying: how rock stars get their kicks in

Kurt Cobain was the messiah of my generation, the monumental talent who saved rock from the mediocrity of 1980s cock rock and hair metal. But behind his public eminence stalked a personal hell of addiction…
Evolutionary biology can teach us a lot about rock ‘n’ roll music. mariaguimaraes

Peer Review: Sex, Genes & Rock ‘n’ Roll

Welcome to Peer Review, a new series in which we ask leading academics to review books written by people in the same field. Here Mark Elgar, Professor of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Melbourne…
The fish-eating dinosaur discovered in Victoria is a member of Spinosauridae, a group of fish-eating theropod dinosaurs found in Asia and Europe. Flickr

Australia’s first fish-eating spinosaurus discovered

Paleontologists think it had the snout of a crocodile, the claws of a bear and a taste for seafood. But what’s most interesting about the discovery of Australia’s first fish-eating dinosaur is its similarities…

Tracing diseases through time

Six Influenza A viruses that have a close genetic relationship to H1N1 (swine flu) have been identified using new mathematical…
When is a roll in the hay worth losing your head over? Suizilla

Sexual cannibalism: a treat you can eat

Sex is often viewed as a totally harmonious interaction between a male and female with the same innate goal – to produce offspring. But it is becoming increasingly clear to biologists that the reproductive…

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