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Algeria

DRY TIMES  A 200-year drought 4,200 years ago that caused civilizations to collapse across the globe marks the start of the newly designated Meghalayan Age. As seen in this photo from Algeria in 2017, droughts still occur during this ongoing geologic time period.

dog

LOST DOGS  An ancient DNA study indicates that people brought dogs to North America at least 10,000 years ago. Modern American dogs share little ancestry with these ancient fidos, researchers say.  

foot fossil

TINY WALKER  A fossil of an ancient hominid child’s foot (shown here from different angles) suggests that members of Lucy’s species, Australopithecus afarensis, walked upright early in life.  

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