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New Zealanders shed light on Madagascar’s genetic mystery

John Kerr posted in on March 22nd, 2012.

New research from a Massey University computational biologist has estimated that the island of Madagascar was settled by  just 30 Indonesian women only 1200 years ago. The finding sheds light on one of the strangest evolutionary events in human history. The people of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa, are descended from Indonesians, quarter […]

Sunday Star Times: Jessica Alba wins in the mathematics of sex appeal

Peter Griffin posted in on August 30th, 2010.

According to research conducted by a Wellingtonian anthropologist, men find women with waist-to-hip ratios of 0.7 most attractive. The ratio differs slightly in other countries, being 0.8 in Cameroon and 0.6 in China. An excerpt: (read in full here) “”It is likely that the perfect 0.7 ratio sends a biological signal to men that this […]

Dom Post: Intriguing new branches broaden the human family tree

Peter Griffin posted in on April 12th, 2010.

Bob Brockie writes in the Dominion Post about the recent fossil discoveries which suggest that modern humanity lived with several other forms of humanity for a number of years in our early history. Recently,  the announcement was made that a fossil in Siberia could be from a previously unknown hominid who might have been co-existing […]

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