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September 28, 2020

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Y Chromosomes of Neanderthals and Denisovans Now Sequenced

An international research team led by Martin Petr and Janet Kelso of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has determined Y chromosome sequences of three ...

Ancient Human Footprints in Saudi Arabia Give Glimpse of Arabian Ecology 120000 Years Ago

Using high resolution paleoecological information obtained from fossilized footprints, a new study presents ~120 thousand-year-old human and animal ...

The Oldest Neanderthal DNA of Central-Eastern Europe

A new study reports the oldest mitochondrial genome of a Neanderthal from Central-Eastern Europe. The mitochondrial genome of the tooth, discovered at the site of Stajnia Cave in Poland, is closer to ...

Ancient Hunters Stayed in Frozen Northern Europe Rather Than Migrating to Warmer Areas, Evidence from Arctic Fox Bones Shows

Ancient hunters stayed in the coldest part of Northern Europe rather than migrating to escape freezing winter conditions, archaeologists have ...
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An Iconic Native American Stone Tool Technology Discovered in Arabia

A new article examines fluted projectile points from southern Arabia, detailing production methods and technical aspects that indicate differences in function from the technology of the Americas, ...

Dinosaur Relative's Genome Linked to Mammals: Curious Genome of Ancient Reptile

Biologists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara, a lizard-like creature that lives on the islands of New ...

Neanderthals May Have Had a Lower Threshold for Pain

Nerve cells have a special ion channel that has a key role in starting the electrical impulse that signals pain and is sent to the brain. New research finds that people who inherited the Neanderthal ...

Foxes Have Been Eating Humans' Leftovers for 42,000 Years

The diets of ancient foxes were influenced by humans, and these small carnivores might be tracers of human activity over ...

Earliest Humans Stayed at the Americas 'Oldest Hotel' in Mexican Cave

A cave in a remote part of Mexico was visited by humans around 30,000 years ago - 15,000 years earlier than people were previously thought to have reached the Americas. Excavations of Chiquihuite ...

Archaeologists Use Tooth Enamel Protein to Show Sex of Human Remains

A new method for estimating the biological sex of human remains based on reading protein sequences rather than DNA has been used to study an archaeological site in Northern California. The ...

Weaving Indigenous Knowledge With Scientific Research: A Balanced Approach

Insights from bicultural research can enhance practical applications from a palaeotsunami database to land-use decisions, according to a new ...

Hyksos, 15th Dynasty Rulers of Ancient Egypt, Were an Internal Takeover

The Hyksos, who ruled during the 15th Dynasty of ancient Egypt, were not foreign invaders, but a group who rose to power from within, according to a new ...

Rewriting History: New Evidence Challenges Euro-Centric Narrative of Early Colonization

New research provides evidence that Indigenous people continued to live in southeastern US and actively resist European influence for nearly 150 years after the arrival of Spanish explorers in the ...

First Confirmed Underwater Aboriginal Archaeological Sites Found Off Australian Coast

Ancient submerged Aboriginal archaeological sites await underwater rediscovery off the coast of Australia, according to a ...

Ancient Maya Reservoirs Contained Toxic Pollution

Reservoirs in the heart of an ancient Maya city were so polluted with mercury and algae that the water likely was undrinkable. Researchers found toxic levels of pollution in two central reservoirs in ...

Non-Tobacco Plant Identified in Ancient Pipe for First Time

People in what is now Washington State were smoking Rhus glabra, a plant commonly known as smooth sumac, more than 1,400 years ago. The discovery marks the first-time scientists have identified ...

The Millenial Pre-Colonial Cultural Influence Is Evident in the Amazon Forest

Before the arrival of European colonizers, the Amazonian Indigenous peoples cultivated their food - cassava, corn, pineapple, peppers and squash, among other things. The food of the ancient ...

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 ...

Studying the Neanderthal DNA Found in Modern Humans Using Stem Cells and Organoids

Protocols that allow the transformation of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines into organoids have changed the way scientists can study developmental processes and enable them to ...

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 ...

Origins of the Beloved Guinea Pig

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 ...

Discovery of Oldest Bow and Arrow Technology in Eurasia

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 ...

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