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Canaanite skeleton

DNA DOES THE TALKING  An analysis of the complete genetic instruction books, or genomes, recovered from five Canaanite skeletons (one shown) reveals how these ancient people fit into humankind’s family tree.

Madjedbebe rock shelter

HOME SWEET HOME Artifacts found at the ancient rock-shelter known as Madjedbebe (shown) in northern Australia provide new insights into the lives of the first Australians.

Ötzi the Iceman’s ax

BLADE TRADE  Copper for Ötzi the Iceman’s ax, or possibly even the finished blade, came from what’s now central Italy, an unexpectedly long way from the ancient man’s home region in northern Italy.

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