Africa

Two African crested rats stand face to face, nuzzling each other. The rodents are rabbit-sized and resembles a gray puffball crossed with a skunk. Their fur is various shades or brown and gray, with dark stripts that line its flanks from leg to its face.

The secret social lives of giant poisonous rats

The African crested rat’s fur is packed with a poison so lethal just a few miligrams can kill a human. Biologists confirmed where it gets its poison, and uncovered an unexpected social life.


Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

The new study goes back further than 23andme could have ever imagined.


What drove Africa’s megaherbivores to extinction?

This video features new research that disputes the decades-long view that our human ancestors drove the demise of large mammals in Africa over the last several million years.


‘NEW CHILDREN OF ISRAEL’

U professor’s new book examines Jewish identity among millions of African and Asian peoples who claim descent from the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.


HUMANS OF THE U: NICOLE SHAW

Social work graduate student Nicole Shaw got an unexpected lesson during trip to Ghana.


HITTING THE BOOKS

A team from the U traveled halfway across the world this summer to improve educational opportunities for people learning to read in Botswana.


LOBBYING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

U law student describes her experiences interning with the South African Human Rights Commission.


CLIMATE CHANGE AND LOW BIRTH WEIGHT

A new U study found that climate change might lead to low birth weight in developing countries.