How a Human Cousin Adapted to a Changing Climate

On Father’s Day in June 2018, Samantha Good was working on an excavation in the Drimolen cave in South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind. She uncovered what appeared to be a canine tooth jutting out from the loose brown sediment. Ms. Good kept digging until she found two more teeth and a partial palate, and then … Read more

Jonathan Sacks, the U.K.’s Inclusive Former Chief Rabbi, Dies at 72

Jonathan Sacks, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom who emerged as an important and widely heard voice on the role of religion in the modern world, died on Saturday in London. He was 72. The cause was cancer, according to Dan Sacker, a spokesman. Rabbi Sacks, who wrote extensively and made frequent media … Read more

Trump Put Down Philadelphia. The City Got Payback.

Two of Mr. Biden’s granddaughters have lived in the city and attended the University of Pennsylvania in West Philadelphia, which was also the alma mater of Mr. Biden’s son Beau, who died in 2015, and the president-elect’s daughter, Ashley, who reportedly still lived in the city as of last month. After Mr. Biden’s vice presidency, … Read more

A House Divided

Hi. Welcome to On Politics, your guide to the day in national politics. I’m Lisa Lerer, your host. Sign up here to get On Politics in your inbox every weekday. After more than two dozen presidential candidates, nearly two years of campaigning and close to $14 billion, America exits the long election much as it … Read more

In North Carolina, a Challenge to Affirmative Action Begins

The Trump administration filed a case against Yale in October, and a newly seated Biden administration — which is expected to support affirmative action policy — could choose to review and drop that case, experts said. “I think the Biden administration is going to take a really careful look at the Yale case,” said Samuel … Read more

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