May roundup of eLife papers in the news

Showcasing the top mentions that eLife papers received in May
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In this monthly media coverage roundup, we highlight the top mentions that eLife papers generated in May. You can view the coverage, along with the related articles, below:

The Research Articles by Dirks et al. and Hawks et al., ‘The age of Homo naledi and associated sediments in the Rising Star Cave, South Africa’, and ‘New fossil remains of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber, South Africa’, respectively, and the Short Report by Berger et al., ‘Homo naledi and Pleistocene hominin evolution in subequatorial Africa’, have been covered in:

  • BBC World Service – The Science Hour – Homo naledi
  • Daily Mail – Humanity's mystery new cousin is surprisingly young: 335,000-year-old fossils of Homo naledi transform our understanding of human evolution
  • Nature – Small-brained early human lived more recently than expected
  • The Atlantic – A New Addition to the Human Family Tree Is Surprisingly Young
  • CBC News – Homo naledi species discovery raises fresh questions about evolution
  • Discover – New Chamber Reveals Most Complete Homo Naledi To Date
  • TIME – Humanity's Ancient Relative Is Much Younger Than Previously Thought
  • TIME – Homo Naledi Likely Coexisted With Humans
  • USA Today – Homo naledi: Back in the day, these guys walked around Africa with humans
  • The Washington Post – Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young — and shaking up our family tree
  • Reuters – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • CBS News – More secrets of human ancestry emerge from South African caves
  • Live Science – Small-Brained Human Cousin Was Surprisingly Smart
  • CNN – Early human species likely lived alongside us
  • CTV News ­– Homo naledi's new insight into human family tree
  • Nikkei (Japan) – Mysterious human relative Homo naledi may have lived at the same time as us (translated)
  • The Guardian – Homo naledi genome: Will we ever find this elusive key to human evolution?
  • Star Tribune – Scientists in South Africa reveal more on humanlike species
  • Global Times – Int'l team finds additional early human fossils in South Africa
  • New Scientist – Meet ‘Neo’, the most complete skeleton of Homo naledi ever found
  • Wired – A twist in the evolutionary tale: why the discovery of a 'young' Homo naledi changes everything
  • National Geographic – Did This Mysterious Ape-Human Once Live Alongside Our Ancestors?
  • European Commission (Community Research and Development Information Service) – First dating study of the new species 'Homo naledi’
  • Dawn (Pakistan) – Homo naledi may have lived alongside Homo sapiens: study
  • Die Welt (Germany) – This early human lived with Homo sapiens at the same time (translated)
  • Spiegel (Germany) – Homo naledi – Not ancestor, but neighbour (translated)
  • Lenta (Russia) – The real age of cave people from the "Cradle of Mankind" (translated)
  • Scientific American – New Evidence of Mysterious Homo naledi Raises Questions about How Humans Evolved
  • The Straits Times – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • South China Morning Post – Humanity’s strange new cousin is shockingly young – and shaking up our family tree
  • Radio New Zealand – Hanging out with Homo Naledi
  • Smithsonian magazine – Ancient Human Cousin May Have Lived Alongside Early Homo Sapiens
  • NPR – Primitive Humanlike Species Lived More Recently Than Expected
  • NPR – Dizzying New Evidence In Human Evolution Provokes Debates
  • Digital Journal – New haul of ancient human remains raises evolution questions
  • Arab News – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • The Observer (Canada) – Homo naledi fossils reveal human family tree was more diverse than previously thought
  • Kuwait Times – Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans
  • NBC News – Early Human Homo Naledi May Have Made Tools, Buried Dead
  • Mirror – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • The Hindu – ‘Primitive hominids lived alongside modern humans’
  • Hindustan Times – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • La Repubblica (Italy) – Unveiling the secrets of Homo naledi, the hominid that met modern human beings (translated)
  • Gulf News – Fossils suggest hominids may have lived alongside modern humans
  • The Irish Times – Ancient human-relative fossils earlier vintage than first thought
  • Business Insider – Early humans co-existed in Africa with human-like species 300,000 years ago
  • US News and World Report – Early Humans Co-Existed in Africa With Human-Like Species 300,000 Years Ago
  • Independent – Primitive humans with a third of our brains were not wiped out but lived alongside us for millennia
  • The Nation – Amazing haul of ancient human finds unveiled
  • Reddit – Early human species likely lived alongside us
  • Voice of America – New S. Africa Fossil Discoveries Could Shift Evolutionary Theories
  • Sina.com (China) – Int'l team finds additional early human fossils in South Africa

Burns et al.’s Research Article, ‘Transcriptome analysis illuminates the nature of the intracellular interaction in a vertebrate-algal symbiosis’, was featured in:

  • IFLScience – Spotted Salamanders And Green Algae Have A Strange Symbiotic Relationship

The Research Article by Ehinger et al., ‘Humans treat unreliable filled-in percepts as more real than veridical ones’, has been mentioned in:

  • New Scientist – Our brains prefer invented visual information to the real thing
  • IFLScience – Seeing Is Not Believing: Our Brains Trust Its Own Generated Images More Than Real Ones

Violante et al.’s Research Article, ‘Externally induced frontoparietal synchronization modulates network dynamics and enhances working memory performance’, was featured in:

  • Wired (Japan) – "Working memory" of the brain improves by electric stimulation (translated)

The Feature Article by Madhukar Pai and Jennifer Furin, ‘Tuberculosis innovations mean little if they cannot save lives’, has been covered in:

O’Hern et al.’s Research Article, ‘Decreased microRNA levels lead to deleterious increases in neuronal M2 muscarinic receptors in Spinal Muscular Atrophy models’, has been mentioned in:

Burke et al.’s Research Article, ‘mTORC1 in AGRP neurons integrates exteroceptive and interoceptive food-related cues in the modulation of adaptive energy expenditure in mice’, has been featured in:

  • Daily Mail – 'Starvation mode' DOES exist: Brain cells can prevent us burning fat when we restrict calories
  • Mail on Sunday – 'Starvation mode' DOES exist: Brain cells can prevent us burning fat when we restrict calories
  • The Indian Express – Why dieting may not help you to lose weight?
  • Indiatimes – There Is A Scientific Reason Why Dieting Is Not Helping You Lose Weight
  • United Press International – Study: Brain cells may prevent fat burning when dieting

Norman Lee and Andrew Mason’s Research Article, ‘How spatial release from masking may fail to function in a highly directional auditory system’, has been featured in:

Chen et al.’s Research Article, ‘Direct modulation of GFAP-expressing glia in the arcuate nucleus bi-directionally regulates feeding’, was mentioned in:

And finally, the 2016 Research Article from the NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, ‘A century of trends in adult human height’, has been covered in:

  • Business Insider – It’s amazing how much taller people are now than they were 100 years ago

If you have any questions about the studies or media mentions listed here, please contact:

Emily Packer, Press Officer, eLife

e.packer@elifesciences.org

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