Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background The Eocene was the warmest epoch of the Cenozoic and recorded the appearance of several orders of modern mammals, including the first occurrence of Euprimates. During the Eocene, Euprimates were mainly represented by two groups, adapiforms and omomyiforms,...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3239
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Background The experience of ‘sensed presence’—a feeling or sense that another entity, individual or being is present despite no clear sensory or perceptual evidence—is known to occur in the general population, appears more frequently in religious or spiritual...

["Anthropology","Neuroscience","Psychiatry and Psychology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3149
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Background Manual anthropometric measurements are time-consuming and challenging to perform within acceptable intra- and inter-individual error margins in large studies. Three-dimensional (3D) laser body scanners provide a fast and precise alternative: within a...

["Anthropology","Anatomy and Physiology","Epidemiology","Public Health","Radiology and Medical Imaging"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2980
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Background Demonstrating the impact that parents have on the fitness of their children is a crucial step towards understanding how parental investment has affected human evolution. Parents not only transfer genes to their children, they also influence their environments....

["Anthropology","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2904
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Background Premastication, the transfer of pre-chewed food, is a common infant and young child feeding practice among the Tsimane, forager-horticulturalists living in the Bolivian Amazon. Research conducted primarily with Western populations has shown that infants...

["Anthropology","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2660
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161 downloads
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Altruism toward strangers is considered a defining feature of humans. However, manifestation of this behaviour is contingent on the costliness of the selfless act. The extent of altruistic tendencies also varies cross-culturally, being more common in societies...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2610
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Psychoactive plants contain chemicals that presumably evolved as allelochemicals but target certain neuronal receptors when consumed by humans, altering perception, emotion and cognition. These plants have been used since ancient times as medicines and in the context...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Neuroscience","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2546
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When exposed to enhanced background noise, humans avoid signal masking by increasing the amplitude of the voice, a phenomenon termed the Lombard effect. This auditory feedback-mediated voice control has also been found in monkeys, bats, cetaceans, fish and some...

["Animal Behavior","Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2328
1 citation
444 downloads
2,090 views

The evolution of the modern human (Homo sapiens) cranium is characterized by a reduction in the size of the feeding system, including reductions in the size of the facial skeleton, postcanine teeth, and the muscles involved in biting and chewing. The conventional...

["Anthropology","Computational Biology","Evolutionary Studies","Anatomy and Physiology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2242
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Haasgat is a primate-rich fossil locality in the northeastern part of the Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here we report the first hominin identified from Haasgat, a partial maxillary molar (HGT 500), that was recovered from an...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2024
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The phylogenetic position of many fossil platyrrhines with respect to extant ones is not yet clear. Two main hypotheses have been proposed: the layered or successive radiations hypothesis suggests that Patagonian fossils are Middle Miocene stem platyrrhines lacking...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Evolutionary Studies","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1967
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1,043 views

Indigenous beers (chicha) are part of the indigenous culture in Ecuador. The fermentation process of these beers probably relies on microorganisms from fermented substrates, environment and human microbiota. We analyzed the microbiota of artisanal beers (including...

["Anthropology","Food Science and Technology","Microbiology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1962
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1,489 views

The Drimolen Palaeocave System Main Quarry deposits (DMQ) are some of the most prolific hominin and primate-bearing deposits in the Fossil Hominids of South Africa UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discovered in the 1990s, excavations into the DMQ have yielded a demographically...

["Anthropology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1941
2 citations
253 downloads
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Background. In recent years, researchers have investigated the relationship between facial width-to-height ratio (FWHR) and a variety of threat and dominance behaviours. The majority of methods involved measuring FWHR from 2D photographs of faces. However, individuals...

["Anthropology","Psychiatry and Psychology","Human-Computer Interaction"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1801
1 citation
218 downloads
958 views

The coastal environments of South Africa’s Cape Floristic Region (CFR) provide some of the earliest and most abundant evidence for the emergence of cognitively modern humans. In particular, the south coast of the CFR provided a uniquely diverse resource base for...

["Anthropology","Ecology","Evolutionary studies"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.1679

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