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pottery

CERAMIC INNOVATORS  Newly discovered remains of pottery made by hunter-gatherers living on China’s central plain around 10,000 years ago include plain pieces (shown) and decorated pieces. 

leg bone

CANNIBAL CHEW  Human tooth marks and pounding damage (in boxed area) on a 14,700-year-old human leg bone excavated from a British cave indicate that ritual cannibalism was practiced there, researchers say.

Forager jewelry

CHANGING STYLES  Necklaces and other ornaments used by members of some of the last Central and Southern European hunter-gatherer societies date to between 8,000 and 7,500 years ago. These foragers' jewelry style changed in step with the spread of farming, new research finds.

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