Erin Wayman became Science News’ production editor in 2013 after a year of reporting on earth and environmental sciences for the magazine. A former primatologist-in-training, Erin decided to leave monkey-watching behind after a close run-in with angry peccaries in Ecuador. Once she completed her master’s degree in biological anthropology at the University of California, Davis, she switched careers and earned a master’s in science writing at Johns Hopkins University. Erin was previously an associate editor at EARTH and an assistant editor at Smithsonian magazine, where she blogged about human evolution. Her work has also appeared in New Scientist, Slate, ScienceNOW and Current Anthropology.
Erin Wayman's Articles
- News in BriefIn 12-year lab study, moist soil samples released less greenhouse gas as they warmed.
- NewsMaterial ejected in gamma-ray bursts may be a main source of the heavy elements.
- News in BriefWarming may have caused ice sheet collapse and huge increase in sea level.
- News in BriefFossils found in Utah reveal geographic segregation of horned species.
- News in BriefFossils yield tooth in healed wound of another dinosaur.
- NewsDistant powerful temblors triggered ominous activity at wastewater injection sites.
- PeopleErich Jarvis dreams of creating a talking chimpanzee. If his theories on language are right, that just might happen one day.
- FeatureFrozen continent may not be immune to global warming.
- News in BriefEven when close to their stars, other worlds could harbor liquid water.
- Becoming Human
WHOOSH. Scrambler Man ascends steep cliffs in a single burst, leaving his barbaric enemies in the dust. Then, while chasing angry beasts uphill and down, Scrambler Man is transformed into — POOF — The Biped, who can outwalk, outlast and outsmart them all.
Scrambler Man and The Biped could be a weird comic book superhero tale, but it’s really a different kind of story about how humans came to be: A group of researchers proposes that maneuvering in rough, rugged terrain drove the evolution of upright walking.