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Anthropology News
May 20, 2019

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New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence ... read more
Bedbugs -- some of the most unwanted human bed-mates -- have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, walking the earth ... read more
Neanderthals and modern humans diverged at least 800,000 years ago, substantially earlier than indicated by most DNA-based ... read more
The first humans who settled in Scandinavia more than 10,000 years ago left their DNA behind in ancient chewing gums, which are masticated lumps made from birch ... read more
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Ancient fire remains provide evidence of Neanderthal group mobility and settlement patterns and indicate specific occupation episodes, according to a new ... read more

Human Settlements in Amazonia Much Older Than Previously Thought

Humans settled in southwestern Amazonia and even experimented with agriculture much earlier than previously thought, according to an international team of ... read more

History can tell us a lot about the Crusades, the series of religious wars fought between 1095 and 1291, in which Christian invaders tried to claim the Near East. But the DNA of nine 13th century ... read more

Scientists analyzed bits of beer vessels from an ancient Peruvian brewery to learn what the beer was made of and where the materials to make the vessels came from. They learned that production was ... read more

An ancient and rare beetle fossil is the oldest example of a social relationship between two animal ... read more

Palaeobiologists have uncovered new evidence that suggests that horses' legs have adapted over time to be optimized for endurance travel, rather than ... read more

Archeologists have discovered kin relationships among Stone Age individuals buried in megalithic tombs on Ireland and in Sweden. The kin relations can be traced for more than ten generations and ... read more

The face you see in the mirror is the result of millions of years of evolution and reflects the most distinctive features that we use to identify and recognize each other, molded by our need to eat, ... read more

Researchers have uncovered the remains of a new species of human in the Philippines, proving the region played a key role in hominin evolutionary ... read more

Evolution from Water to Land Led to Better Parenting

The evolution of aquatic creatures to start living on land made them into more attentive parents, says new research on ... read more

A new study suggests that the genetic profiles of two extinct mammals with African ancestry -- woolly mammoths and Neanderthals -- shared molecular characteristics of adaptation to cold ... read more

Digging Ancient Signals out of Modern Human Genomes

Trying to find ancient DNA, let alone prove that the ancient DNA is ancestral to a population living today, is extremely challenging. A new study adds to this understanding by reconstructing ... read more

Cetaceans, the group including whales and dolphins, originated in south Asia more than 50 million years ago from a small, four-legged, hoofed ancestor. Now, researchers reporting the discovery of an ... read more

Human History Through Tree Rings: Trees in Amazonia Reveal Pre-Colonial Human Disturbance

The Brazil nut tree (Bertholletia excelsa) is well known around the world today and has been an important part of human subsistence strategies in the Amazon forest from at least the Early Holocene. ... read more

An ancient group of people made ritual offerings to supernatural deities near the Island of the Sun in Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, about 500 years earlier than the Incas, according to an international ... read more

Archaeologists used the latest technology to find evidence suggesting ancient Maya people grew surplus crops to support an active trade with neighbors up and down the Yucatan Peninsula. The extensive ... read more

North Africans Were Among the First to Colonize the Canary Islands

People from North Africa are likely the main group that founded the indigenous population on the Canary Islands, arriving by 1000 CE, reports a new ... read more

New Light on Origins of Modern Humans

The work confirms a dispersal of Homo sapiens from southern to eastern Africa immediately preceded the out-of-Africa ... read more

First Anatolian Farmers Were Local Hunter-Gatherers That Adopted Agriculture

An international team has analyzed eight prehistoric individuals, including the first genome-wide data from a 15,000-year-old Anatolian hunter-gatherer, and found that the first Anatolian farmers ... read more

Hepatitis B Virus Sheds Light on Ancient Human Population Movements Into Australia

Australian researchers have used hepatitis B virus genome sequences to deduce that the mainland Aboriginal population separated from other early humans at least 59,000 years ... read more

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