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July 12, 2020

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15-Foot-Long Skeleton of Extinct Dolphin Suggests Parallel Evolution Among Whales

A report offers a detailed description of the first nearly complete skeleton of an extinct large dolphin, discovered in what is now South Carolina. ...
Common domestic cats, as we know them today, might have accompanied Kazakh pastoralists as pets more than 1,000 years ago. This is indicated by new analyses done on an almost ...
Dinosaurs and pterosaurs may be known for their remarkable size, but a newly described species that lived around 237 million years ago suggests that they originated from ...

Norman Conquest of 1066 Did Little to Change People's Eating Habits

Archaeologists have combined the latest scientific methods to offer new insights into life during the Norman Conquest of England. Until now, the story of the Conquest has primarily been told from ...
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Ancient Societies Hold Lessons for Modern Cities

Today's modern cities, from Denver to Dubai, could learn a thing or two from the ancient Pueblo communities that once stretched across the southwestern United States. For starters, the more ...

Innovation by Ancient Farmers Adds to Biodiversity of the Amazon

Innovation by ancient farmers to improve soil fertility continues to have an impact on the biodiversity of the Amazon, a major new study ...

A Neanderthal Woman from Chagyrskaya Cave

Until now, the genomes of only two Neanderthals have been sequenced in high quality: one from Vindjia Cave in modern-day Croatia and one from Denisova Cave in Siberia's Altai Mountains. A ...

Ancient Genomes Uncover Irish Passage Tomb Dynastic Elite

Archaeologists and geneticists have shed new light on the earliest periods of Ireland's human history. Among their incredible findings is the discovery that the genome of an adult male buried in ...

New research sheds light on guinea pig domestication and how and why the small, furry animals became distributed around the ...

Immune Properties in Ancient DNA Found in Isolated Villages Might Benefit Humanity Today

Could remnants of DNA from a now extinct human subspecies known as the Denisovans help boost the immune functions of modern humans? An international study represents the first characterizations of ...

Human Portraits Reveals Shift in Culture, Cognition

Human cognition and cultural norms have changed the composition of human portraits, according to a new analysis of European paintings from the 15th to the 20th ...

Mixture and Migration Brought Food Production to Sub-Saharan Africa

A new interdisciplinary study reports on 20 newly sequenced ancient genomes from sub-Saharan Africa, including the first genomes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, and Uganda. The ...

The origins of human innovation have traditionally been sought in the grasslands and coasts of Africa or the temperate environments of Europe. More extreme environments, such as the tropical ...

Denisovan DNA Influences Immune System of Modern Day Oceanian Populations

More than 120,000 novel human genetic variations that affect large regions of DNA have been discovered, some of which are linked to immune response, disease susceptibility or ...

Tropical Disease in Medieval Europe Revises the History of a Pathogen Related to Syphilis

Plague was commonplace in medieval times, so finding its victims in a 15th century Lithuanian graveyard was no surprise. However, discovering one woman with a second disease, yaws -- a close relative ...

Ancient Bird Figurine Recovered from Refuse Heap the Oldest Instance of East Asian 3D Art

A small bird carving - -the oldest instance of East Asian three-dimensional art ever discovered -- is described in a new ...

Ancient Origin for Key Hormone System: Sea Cucumbers

A key set of proteins that help regulate hormones necessary for many essential functions in humans and other vertebrates have ancient origins in much simpler creatures such as sea cucumbers, says a ...

Entire Roman City Revealed Without Any Digging

For the first time, archaeologists have succeeded in mapping a complete Roman city, Falerii Novi in Italy, using advanced ground penetrating radar (GPR), allowing them to reveal astonishing details ...

DNA Increases Our Understanding of Contact Between Stone Age Cultures

What kind of interactions did the various Stone Age cultures have with one another? In a new interdisciplinary study, researchers have combined archaeological and genetic information to better ...

Ancient DNA Provides New Insights Into the Early Peopling of the Caribbean

According to a new study by an international team of researchers from the Caribbean, Europe and North America, the Caribbean was settled by several successive population dispersals that originated on ...

Researchers investigated the earliest humans in Mesoamerica and how they adapted over time to new and changing environments, and how those changes have affected human life histories and ...

Integrating radiocarbon dating and microarchaeology techniques has enabled more precise dating of the ancient Wilson's Arch monument at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, according to a new ...

Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Suggests Importance of Communal Work

A new discovery suggests that the Maya civilization developed more rapidly than archaeologists once thought and hints at less social inequality than later ...

Dead Sea Scrolls 'Puzzle' Pieced Together With DNA

Ancient DNA extracted from Dead Sea Scrolls permits a rare, unanticipated glimpse into world of Second Temple ...

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