Here are the biggest science stories of October 1–7, told through 10 stunning images.
Researchers discovered that humans’ late growing molars (compared to other apes) are due to our relatively slow physical development over a long lifespan. A person’s face shape and chewing muscles must align so that an extra molar won’t disrupt chewing before one will emerge.
Scientists identified Pendraig milnerae, the oldest meat-eating dinosaur ever found in the U.K., from fossils. The chicken-sized dinosaur is a theropod, the same group that includes T. rex and modern birds.
Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot showed up to bust a move at a University of Missouri football game. While the performance was cute, testing dance moves is one way to improve the robots’ movements for decidedly less friendly police and military applications.