bones

  • Spotting Australian animal bones with collagen

    Collagen is the protein making waves in animal archaeology.

    How do scientists determine which animal a bone has come from? When it’s large or recent, the bone’s shape and DNA ca...

    Biology October 27, 2021
  • Stem cells could be key to osteoporosis treatment

    Researchers find a way to rejuvenate isolated bone marrow stem cells, paving the way for possible...

    Aging stem cells might hold clues for treating osteoporosis, according to new research. As we get old, our bones b...

    Body and Mind September 15, 2021
  • How animals grow teeth, claws, and other pointy parts

    Scientists reveal a new, simple law of nature.

    Have you ever wondered how pointed shapes are made in nature, like animal teeth and horns? Australian scientists have...

    Animals March 30, 2021
  • Grown bone

    Most life-like bone organoid to date.

    Put away your Skele-gro, because growing new bones might be the realm of science, not magic. Researchers at Eindho...

    Biology March 9, 2021
  • Conversation

    Who owns the bones?

    Exploring the issues around human fossils.

    All humans alive today can claim a common ancestral link to some hominin. Hominins include modern humans, extinct hum...

    Ethics June 11, 2020
  • Old bones get pigeons back in the air

    Veterinary researchers create natural pins for wing repair.

    The veterinary clinic at Iran’s Shiraz University treats both wild and companion birds with fractured wings or legs. ...

    Birds November 24, 2019
  • World’s oldest known tsunami victim

    Bone fragments could provide clues to surviving calamities.

    A partial human skull found in 1929 on the north coast of Papua New Guinea could belong to the world's oldest known t...

    Archaeology October 26, 2017
  • What’s happening when our joints crack?

    Will we get arthritis like our parents used to tell us?

    We’ve all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud pop in our back or hip, or trying to tiptoe through th...

    Biology October 5, 2016
  • Ancient Deep Skull

    Still holds big surprises 60 years after it was unearthed.

    Thousands of years ago, the ancestors of modern humans left Africa to embark on a journey that would eventually take ...

    Archaeology July 26, 2016
  • How to date a Russian cave lion

    The oldest bone sample to be reliably carbon dated is 61,000 years old. Viviane Richter reports.

    A reproduction of the now extinct Russian cave lion, Panthera leo spelaea. – Markus Matzel / ullstein bild via Getty ...

    Technology August 17, 2015
  • A new underwater glue inspired by mussels

    Molecule could be used to repair ships and broken bones.

    Superglue needs clean, dry surfaces to work.  Yet mussels can hold fast to wet rocks treacherously slicked with sea s...

    Biology August 17, 2015
  • Finding traces of life in dinosaur bones

    Scientists uncover how dinosaurs evolved into birds.

    Until now, dinosaur fossils imprinted with soft tissue remains have been rare and highly prized. But a new study sugg...

    Palaeontology June 22, 2015