A tale of lungs, mistaken identity, and the importance of negative results

The results are not of sufficiently general interest. That’s what the journal said. What they were turning down, however, was proof that research they previously had deemed interesting enough to publish, was wrong. Not just a bit wrong. Flat wrong. Although it’s a bit of a complex tale biologically, the basics are this: some amphibians… Read More A tale of lungs, mistaken identity, and the importance of negative results

Neanderthals: always giving good head(lines)

I was pretty proud of my headline for the the latest research story on the impact of Neanderthal interbreeding with early modern humans: ‘The pros and cons of dating a Neanderthal‘. It raised a smirk among my colleagues, and was actually relevant: two new research papers describe how early humans leaving Africa 60,000 years ago interbred… Read More Neanderthals: always giving good head(lines)