This rat with way too many sharp teeth is your great x 4 x 10^6-grandmother. That's what scientists have discovered after six years of research—the Protungulatum donnae is the common ancestor to all mammals, from humans to horses to lions. All except Nicholas Cage, who descends from velociraptors.
This month marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the discovery of Mitochondrial Eve, the common ancestor of every human alive today. Here's everything you need to know about why the mother of humanity is so important.
All humans can trace their family tree back to a surprisingly small group of common ancestors. Every person on Earth's most recent common ancestor might have died less than 2000 years ago.
Book trailers are always a bit like low-budget short films, but this trailer for Scott Sigler's bio-horror film Ancestor relishes its exploitation movie cred. It's flesh-rippingly awesome, and more than enough to get you primed for mad-science nastiness.