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April 27, 2017

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April 27, 2017

Cracking the Origin of Ancient Decorative Ostrich Eggs

Apr. 12, 2017 — Archaeologists and scientists are using cutting edge technology to crack a conundrum surrounding the ancient trade in ostrich ... read more

'What Do Old Books Smell Like?' Preserving Smells as Important Cultural Heritage

Apr. 7, 2017 — A 'Historic Book Odour Wheel' has been developed to document and archive the aroma associated with old books. Researchers created the wheel as part of an experiment in which they asked ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — A study of the DNA in ancient skeletal remains adds to the evidence that indigenous groups living today in southern Alaska and the western coast of British Columbia are descendants of the first ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — A cave in Oregon that is the site of some the oldest preserved evidence of human activity in North America was also once home to not-too-distant cousins of the common bed bug. Archaeologists describe ... read more

Apr. 4, 2017 — When present day European genetics was formed during the beginning of the Bronze Age 5,000 years ago it was a result of migrating Yamnaya pastoralists from the Caspian steppe encountering Stone Age ... read more

Apr. 3, 2017 — A joint Indonesian-Australian team has unearthed a rare collection of prehistoric art and 'jewellery' objects from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, dating in some instances to as early as ... read more

Independent Evolutionary Origins of Complex Sociality in Marine Life

Mar. 31, 2017 — In the world of evolutionary research, scientists studying the evolution of eusocial societies have traditionally relied on information gathered from studying terrestrial insects. A group of ... read more

Mar. 29, 2017 — Sixteen million years ago, the reptile Diplocynodon ratelii lived in wooded ecosystems among the lakes and pools of what we know today as Catalonia (Spain). Fossils found at the Els Casots site in ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — Long before the advent of agriculture, hunter-gatherers began putting down roots in the Middle East, building more permanent homes and altering the ecological balance in ways that allowed the common ... read more

Mar. 27, 2017 — A researcher has figured out why Latin still turned up in many documents in the 17th to 19th centuries, even though it had not been a spoken language for a long time. During that period, Latin served ... read more

Mar. 22, 2017 — More than a century of theory about the evolutionary history of dinosaurs has been turned on its head following the publication of new research. The work suggests that the family groupings need to be ... read more

Mar. 20, 2017 — Although James Cook's 18th century expeditions into the South Pacific Ocean are considered historical feats, Spanish voyages of discovery in this region preceded them. It is well-known that the ... read more

Mar. 17, 2017 — The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull -- a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by ... read more

Mar. 16, 2017 — The end-Paleozoic witnessed the most devastating mass extinction in Earth's history so far, killing the majority of species and profoundly shaping the evolutionary history of the survivors. ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — Researchers have found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — New research has identified North America's oldest bison fossils and helped construct a bison genealogy establishing that a common maternal ancestor arrived between 130,000 and 195,000 years ... read more

Mar. 10, 2017 — The most extensive isotope analysis of archaeological material in Finland revealed a fragment of the history of ancient Finnish cattle: the bones and teeth showed which plants the animals fed on. For ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals -- our nearest extinct relative -- has provided remarkable new insights into their behavior, diet and evolutionary history, including their use ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Great Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years ... read more

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