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Viking raid illustrated

VIKING RETHINK A woman from the Viking Age in Sweden, when raids such as this were launched, may have shattered gender barriers by becoming a warrior who was buried with weapons and horses, researchers report. Their controversial conclusion has stimulated debate over the roles of Viking women.

pictures from Santa Elina rock shelter

EARLY ARRIVALS  Excavations at a Brazilian rock shelter near the center of South America (left) suggest that humans hunted giant sloths there more than 20,000 years ago. Ancient people used some sloth bones unearthed at the site (right, top and bottom) as personal ornaments, based on notches and holes in those finds.

notched sloth bones

EARLY ARRIVALS  These notched sloth bones, perhaps personal ornaments, are evidence of an early human arrival to South America, scientists propose.

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