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August 27, 2015

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August 27, 2015

New Research on the Causes of the Viking Age

July 27, 2015 — The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess in the closing years of the Eighth ... read more

July 23, 2015 — New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. These findings show that while socio-economic ... read more

July 23, 2015 — New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the ... read more

July 21, 2015 — An international team of researchers compared the genomes of 31 living Native Americans, Siberians and people from Oceania with 23 ancient Native American genomes to establish a timeline for the ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Native Americans living in the Amazon bear an unexpected genetic connection to indigenous people in Australasia, suggesting a previously unknown wave of migration to the Americas thousands of years ... read more

Archaeologists Use New Methods to Explore Move from Hunting, Gathering to Farming

July 21, 2015 — Between 8,000 and 12,000 years ago, in a transitional event known as the Neolithic Revolution, humans began to create and tend domestic ecosystems in various locations around the world, and ... read more

July 14, 2015 — Have you held the sword? Have you felt its weight? Have you felt how sharp and strong the blade is? A deadly weapon and symbol of power -- jewellery for a man, with 'magical properties'. ... read more

July 13, 2015 — If not for a single genetic mutation, each kernel on a juicy corn cob would be trapped inside a inedible casing as tough as a walnut shell. The mutation switches one amino acid for another at a ... read more

July 10, 2015 — Two of South Africa's most famous archaeological sites, Sibudu and Blombos, have revealed that Middle Stone Age groups who lived in these different areas, more than 1,000 km apart, used similar ... read more

July 9, 2015 — A team of forensic anthropologists has been working with the Forensic Anthropology Foundation of Guatemala to carry out two exhumations of graves containing victims extra judicially executed by the ... read more

July 8, 2015 — It is well known that large volcanic eruptions contribute to climate variability. A new study uses new evidence found in both ice cores and corresponding tree rings to show the timing and associated ... read more

July 3, 2015 — The brain hidden inside the oldest known Old World monkey skull has been visualized for the first time. The ancient monkey, known as Victoriapithecus, first made headlines in 1997 when its 15 ... read more

How Our Sense of Smell Evolved, Including in Early Humans

July 2, 2015 — A group of scientists has studied how our sense of smell has evolved, and has even reconstructed how a long-extinct human relative would have been able to ... read more

June 22, 2015 — New work on the skeletal remains of scarlet macaws found in an ancient Pueblo settlement indicates that social and political hierarchies may have emerged in the American Southwest earlier than ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Genetic analysis of a 40,000-year-old jawbone from Romania reveals that early modern humans interbred with Neanderthals when they first came to ... read more

June 18, 2015 — DNA from the 8,500-year-old skeleton of an adult man found in 1996, in Washington, is more closely related to Native American populations than to any other population in the world, according to an ... read more

Data Bank Launched for Global Access to Ancient DNA

June 17, 2015 — Medical and other researchers and science teachers around the world will be able to compare ancient DNA from humans from thousands of years ago with the genetics of modern day humans, thanks to a new ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Research on limestone formations in a remote Scottish cave has produced a unique 3000-year-long record of climatic variations that may have influenced historical events including the fall of the ... read more

June 12, 2015 — Charcoal samples enable remarkably accurate estimates of 40,000 to 45,000 years ago for the earliest Upper Paleolithic stone tools in the Near East. The toolmakers appear to have achieved a division ... read more

June 10, 2015 — Modern Eurasian peoples are genetically speaking not more than a couple of thousand years old. It was during the Bronze Age that the last major chapters were written in the story of the genetic past ... read more

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