Mind blown: Modern brains evolved much more recently than thought
Washington (AFP) - Modern brains are younger than originally thought, possibly developing as recently as 1.5 million years ago, according to a study published Thursday -- after the earliest humans had already begun walking on two feet and had even started fanning out from Africa. Our first ancestors from the genus Homo emerged on the continent about 2.5 million years ago with primitive ape-like brains about half the size of those seen in today's humans. Scientists have been trying to solve a mystery for as long as our origin story has been known: Exactly when and where did the brain evolve in...
Giacometti sculpture in sealed bid auction - starting price $90mn
New York (AFP) - A sculpture by Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is being auctioned by Sotheby's with a reserve price of $90 million but the winning offer on Tuesday could remain secret as it is being sold by sealed bid.If "Grande femme I" sells for more than $100 million, Giacometti will equal Pablo Picasso as only the second artist with four works beyond that threshold.The nearly nine-foot (2.68 meter) bronze of a spindly female figure, cast in 1960, is part of a series of large outdoor sculptures originally intended for Chase Manhattan Plaza in New York but never installed.Under the rules of...