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Tibetan Plateau

HUNTER-GATHERER HANGOUT  New dates for hand- and footprints on a rock slab suggest that foragers lived year-round on the Tibetan Plateau, shown here, well before farmers did. Much about initial settlement of this high-altitude region remains unclear, though.

Egyptian pot burial

GRAVE CHOICE Ancient Egyptians buried children, shown here, and adults in pots. The hollow vessels mirror the womb and may have symbolized a rebirth into the afterlife, scientists report.

Macaque monkeys

THWARTED SPEAKER  Macaque monkeys have vocal tracts capable of producing enough vowel sounds to speak English and many other languages, a new study finds. But the monkeys’ brains aren’t up to the task of enabling their airways to articulate words, researchers say.

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