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May 19, 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
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

Traces of Crawling in Italian Cave Give Clues to Ancient Humans' Social Behavior

Using multiple methods of analysis, researchers have identified the movements of a group of humans as they explored an Italian cave system during the ... read more
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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

Cherokee Inscriptions in Alabama Cave Interpreted

For the first time, a team of scholars and archaeologists has recorded and interpreted Cherokee inscriptions in Manitou Cave, Alabama. These inscriptions reveal evidence of secluded ceremonial ... 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

Beer and Fodder Crop Has Been Deteriorating for 6,000 Years

The diversity of the crop sorghum, a cereal used to make alcoholic drinks, has been decreasing over time due to agricultural practice. To maintain the diversity of the crop and keep it growing ... 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

A 5,000-year-old barley grain discovered in Aland, southern Finland, turns researchers' understanding of ancient Northern livelihoods upside down. New findings reveal that hunter-gatherers took ... read more

Fur remains found in burial sites demonstrate the importance of hunting traditions in Iron Age Finland and Lapland all the way to the 17th century. According to a recently completed study, they speak ... 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

Unique Diversity of the Genetic History of the Iberian Peninsula Revealed by Dual Studies

Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years. The first study looked at hunter-gatherers and early farmers living in ... read more

Sea Otters' Tool Use Leaves Behind Distinctive Archaeological Evidence

Researchers have analyzed the use by sea otters of large, shoreline rocks as 'anvils' to break open shells, as well as the resulting shell middens. The researchers used ecological and ... read more

From Stone Age Chips to Microchips: How Tiny Tools May Have Made Us Human

Anthropologists have long made the case that tool-making is one of the key behaviors that separated our human ancestors from other primates. A new article, however, argues that it was not tool-making ... read more

Proofs of Parallel Evolution Between Cognition, Tool Development, and Social Complexity

A study has used eye-tracking techniques to analyze the processes of selective attention that determine the way in which we explore and interact with our environment. Researchers studied the ... read more

Hundreds of Children and Llamas Sacrificed in a Ritual Event in 15th Century Peru

A mass sacrifice at a 15th century archaeological site in Peru saw the ritual killing of over 140 children and over 200 llamas, according to a new study. This is the largest known mass sacrifice of ... read more

New Findings Shed Light on Origin of Upright Walking in Human Ancestors

The oldest distinguishing feature between humans and our ape cousins is our ability to walk on two legs - a trait known as bipedalism. Among mammals, only humans and our ancestors perform this ... read more

Oldest Tattoo Tool in Western North America

Archaeologists have discovered the oldest tattooing artifact in western North America. The tool was made around 2,000 years ago by the Ancestral Pueblo people of the Basketmaker II period in what is ... read more

Climate Change Contributed to Fall of Cahokia

A new study shows climate change may have contributed to the decline of Cahokia, a famed prehistoric city near present-day St. Louis. And it involves ancient human ... read more

Origins of Giant Extinct New Zealand Bird Traced to Africa

Scientists have revealed the African origins of New Zealand's most mysterious giant flightless bird -- the now extinct adzebill -- showing that some of its closest living relatives are the ... read more

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