Volume 575 Issue 7783



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Fossil ape hints at how walking on two feet evolved p.445

Approximately 11.6-million-year-old fossils reveal an ape with arms suited to hanging in trees but human-like legs, suggesting a form of locomotion that might push back the timeline for when walking on two feet evolved.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03347-0

Snapshots of a genetic cut-and-paste p.447

Transposase proteins mediate the movement of ‘parasitic’ DNA segments in genomes. A series of structures of a transposase catches it in action, and highlights how these proteins evolved for use in immune systems.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03428-0

Microbial clues to a liver disease p.451

Treatment options are limited for alcoholic hepatitis, a liver disease associated with high alcohol intake. Studies in mice reveal that the microorganisms responsible for this condition can be tackled by a viral treatment.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-019-03417-3