Did DNA or RNA bring on the dawn of life?
(Image: Snorri Gunnarsson/Flickr/Getty)

2012 review: The year in life science

15:38 28 December 2012

The last 12 months have brought more insights into life’s origins on Earth – as well as a prediction about its ultimate fate. We’ve learned more about life’s extremes thanks to biologists working in the driest desert, in the coldest continent – and to a certain Hollywood director’s trip into the deepest ocean trench on the planet.

It’s also been a year that has taught us more about our species’ origins, from the origin of art to the earliest evidence of medicine. Here are 10 more of our favourite stories of 2012.

Read more: 2012 review: The year in life science – life – 28 December 2012 – New Scientist.

Home           Top of page