Anthropology

  1. Lake Baikal
    Genetics

    Plague may have caused die-offs of ancient Siberians

    DNA suggests that the deadly bacterium that causes the plague reached northeast Asia by 4,400 years ago.

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  2. Lava tube in New Mexico
    Archaeology

    Ancient people may have survived desert droughts by melting ice in lava tubes

    Bands of charcoal from fires lit long ago, found in an ice core from a New Mexico cave, correspond to five periods of drought over 800 years.

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  3. Ardi skeleton
    Anthropology

    Ardi and her discoverers shake up hominid evolution in ‘Fossil Men’

    A new book covers the big personalities, field exploits and scientific clashes behind the discovery of the hominid skeleton nicknamed Ardi.

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  4. Members of Indigenous Bolivian group Tsimane
    Anthropology

    Bolivia’s Tsimane people’s average body temperature fell half a degree in 16 years

    A new study echoes other research suggesting that people’s average body temperature is lower today than it used to be.

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  5. an illustration of a woman throwing a spear
    Anthropology

    Female big-game hunters may have been surprisingly common in the ancient Americas

    A Peruvian burial that indicates that women speared large prey as early as 9,000 years ago sheds new light on gender roles of ancient hunter-gatherers.

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  6. preserved nerve cells
    Anthropology

    These human nerve cell tendrils turned to glass nearly 2,000 years ago

    Part of a young man’s brain was preserved in A.D. 79 by hot ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption.

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  7. scientists collecting cave samples
    Anthropology

    The first Denisovan DNA outside Siberia unveils a long stint on the roof of the world

    Genetic evidence puts Denisovans, humankind’s now-extinct cousins, on the Tibetan Plateau from 100,000 to at least 60,000 years ago.

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  8. Mummified llama head from Inca sacrifices
    Anthropology

    Mummified llamas yield new insights into Inca ritual sacrifices

    Bound and decorated llamas, found at an Inca site in southern Peru, may have been buried alive as part of events in annexed territories.

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  9. ancient bone tool
    Anthropology

    Homo erectus, not humans, may have invented the barbed bone point

    Carved artifacts excavated from Tanzania’s Olduvai Gorge suggest now-extinct hominids made barbed bone points long before humans did, researchers say.

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  10. workers standing at a drilling site in Kenya's Koora basin
    Anthropology

    How environmental changes may have helped make ancient humans more adaptable

    An East African sediment core unveils ecological changes underlying a key Stone Age transition.

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  11. Neandertal partial skeleton
    Anthropology

    Neandertal babies had stocky chests like their parents

    Our evolutionary relatives may have inherited short, deep rib cages from their ancient ancestors.

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  12. bones from ancient Iberian massacre
    Archaeology

    Bones from an Iron Age massacre paint a violent picture of prehistoric Europe

    Bones left unburied, and in one case still wearing jewelry, after a massacre add to evidence that prehistoric Europe was a violent place.

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