Science News – December 18th, 2015

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, a thigh bone discovered in China may show that a rival human species known as the “Red Deer Cave People” was around as recently as 14,000 years ago. Neanderthals and Denisovans died out around 40,000 years ago, and were thought to be the youngest of Homo sapiens’ rival human species. Read more from Wired here: http://www.wired.co.uk/…/18/ice-age-femur-late-human-relati…

Second, physicists working at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN think that anomalies in their data may indicate a new particle, possibly a heavier version of the Higgs boson or a graviton. Read more from the New York Times here: http://www.nytimes.com/…/physicists-in-europe-find-tantaliz…

Third, a new study predicts that the famous finches of the Galapagos Islands may succumb to extinction within the next 50 years due to a parasitic fly that attacks their young. It has been suggested that human interventions, such as using pesticides or introducing wasps that prey on the flies, could reduce the risk of extinction. Read more from the BBC here: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35114681

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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