Anthropology

  1. Philistine child
    Anthropology

    Ancient DNA reveals the origins of the Philistines

    A mysterious Biblical-era population may have fled Bronze Age calamities.

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  2. elongated skull from China
    Anthropology

    East Asians may have been reshaping their skulls 12,000 years ago

    An ancient skull-molding practice had a long history in northeastern Asia, researchers say.

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  3. Ethiopia archaeological site
    Anthropology

    Hominids may have been cutting-edge tool makers 2.6 million years ago

    Contested finds point to a sharp shift in toolmaking by early members of the Homo genus.

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  4. modern African herders in Tanzania
    Anthropology

    Africa’s first herders spread pastoralism by mating with foragers

    DNA unveils long-ago hookups between early pastoralists and native hunter-gatherers in Africa.

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  5. teeth
    Anthropology

    Fossil teeth push the human-Neandertal split back to about 1 million years ago

    A study of fossilized teeth shifts the age of the last common ancestor between Neandertals and humans.

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  6. jaw bone
    Anthropology

    A jawbone shows Denisovans lived on the Tibetan Plateau long before humans

    A Denisovan jaw is the earliest evidence of hominids on the Tibetan Plateau, and the first fossil outside of Siberia from the mysterious human lineage.

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  7. Tokyo
    Archaeology

    ‘Cities’ reveals common ground between ancient and modern urban life

    In the book ‘Cities,’ archaeologist Monica Smith sees the positives in past and present metropolises.

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  8. Philippines cave
    Anthropology

    A new hominid species has been found in a Philippine cave, fossils suggest

    Cave fossils found in the Philippines come from a newly discovered member of the human lineage, researchers say.

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  9. Health & Medicine

    Readers seek answers to stories about shingles, Neandertal spears and more

    Readers had questions about Neandertal spears, Earth’s inner core and more.

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  10. Hyksos palace ruins
    Anthropology

    Foreigners may have conquered ancient Egypt without invading it

    Dental evidence suggests female Hyksos immigrants married into power.

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  11. Denisova Cave
    Anthropology

    The first known fossil of a Denisovan skull has been found in a Siberian cave

    A new fossil and evidence that the hominids interbred with humans as recently as 15,000 years ago only add to Denisovans’ mystery.

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  12. Tech

    Readers respond to classroom robots, soil erosion and more

    Readers had comments and questions about robots in classrooms, benzodiazepines and more.

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