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Only pub sceptics will insist this isn't Richard III

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Explaining the statistical analysis of Richard III’s remains, Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) says: “There is a 0.0003 per cent chance that it's not him – and wars have been started over less". Read: New Scientist

America is a melting pot

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A study by UCL, Oxford University and Universita' del Sacro Cuore of Rome has mapped the genetic ancestry of North and South America, revealing the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation. Read: Daily Mail, More: UCL News

'Monster salamanders' found in fossilised mass grave

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Professor Susan Evans (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) says the newly discovered Metoposaurus fossil was an impressive specimen, and noteworthy as the first such find in southern Europe. Read: BBC News

Return of the woolly mammoth

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Following the announcement that a scientist has inserted DNA from the frozen remains of a woolly mammoth into cells taken from a live elephant, Professor Mark Thomas (UCL Genetics, Evolution & Environment) explains the science behind the technique. Listen: BBC Radio Berkshire ‘Anne Diamond’ (from 2 hours 40 mins)

Britons still live in Anglo-Saxon tribal kingdoms

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A study by the University of Oxford, UCL and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Australia, co-led by Dr Garrett Hellenthal (UCL Genetics Institute), has created the first fine-scale genetic map of Britain. Read: Telegraph, More: Belfast Telegraph, UCL News

The Gambian despot who 'cured HIV-AIDS' and his British homoeopath allies

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Commenting on the Gambia Wellness Foundation, Professor David Colquhoun (UCL Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology) says: "These are serious and treatable conditions and people should not be distracting from the efforts to improve things by giving people worthless remedies”. Read: Telegraph

The Life Scientific: John O'Keefe

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Professor John O’Keefe (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) explains his research into 'place cells' in the brain and what it was like to win a Nobel Prize. Listen: BBC Radio 4 ‘The Life Scientific’

'First human' discovered in Ethiopia

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A state-of-the-art computer reconstruction of a Homo habilis fossil by Professor Fred Spoor (UCL Cell & Developmental Biology) indicates that the species has older evolutionary roots than previously thought. Read: BBC News, More: Guardian, Independent, The Week, NY Times, Los Angeles Times, NBC, New Scientist, National Geographic, Discovery, Science, UCL News, Listen: BBC Radio 4 'Six O'Clock News' (from 15 mins 45 secs), More: BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' (from 6 mins 39 secs)

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