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Mark Auslander Named MSU Museum Director

Mark Auslander, a sociocultural anthropologist, has been appointed director of the Michigan State University Museum. He will lead one of the earliest established museums in the nation, and the state’s first museum to receive Smithsonian affiliate status. “I’m honored to join the MSU Museum, a museum known for the remarkable depth and breadth of its scientific and cultural collections and for its innovative exhibits and public programs,” said Auslander, who will begin his position on July 1.

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University Of Texas At Austin, Chris Kirk, Gabrielle Russo, Anthropology, Human Evolution, evolutionary anthropology, foramen magnum, Bipedal, Bipedalism

Human Skull Evolved Along with Two-Legged Walking, Study Confirms

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The evolution of bipedalism in fossil humans can be detected using a key feature of the skull — a claim that was previously contested but now has been further validated by researchers at Stony Brook University and The University of Texas at Austin.

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Fossil, human remains, Cranium, Fossils, Anthroplogy, Archaelogy, Evolution, anthropologists, Binghamton University, Binghamton, SUNY Binghamton, Humans, Neandertal, Middle Pleistocene, Portugal, Ancestors, aroeira, iberian peninsula, Anatomy, Human Fossils, Antiquity, hominim

400,000-Year-Old Fossil Human Cranium Is Oldest Ever Found in Portugal

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A large international research team, directed by the Portuguese archaeologist João Zilhão and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the Neandertals.

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Dental Plaque DNA Shows Neandertals Used ‘Aspirin’

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Ancient DNA found in the dental plaque of Neandertals – our nearest extinct relative – has provided remarkable new insights into their behaviour, diet and evolutionary history, including their use of plant-based medicine to treat pain and illness.

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Nature: Silk Road Evolved as ‘Grass-Routes’ Movement

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Nearly 5,000 years ago, long before the vast east-west trade routes of the Silk Road were traversed by Marco Polo, the foundations for these trans-Asian interaction networks were being carved by nomads moving herds to lush mountain pastures, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis.

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Puzzle of the Maya Pendant

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A UC San Diego archaeological dig found a jade pectoral pendant once belonging to an ancient Maya king in what we think of as the provinces of that world. Why was it buried? And might its inscriptions change our understanding of Maya migrations and political history?

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Finding of 38,000 Year-Old Engravings Confirms Ancient Origins of Technique Used by Seurat, Van Gogh, Pissarro, and Lichtenstein

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A newly discovered trove of 16 engraved and otherwise modified limestone blocks, created 38,000 years ago, confirms the ancient origins of the pointillist techniques later adopted by 19th and 20th century artists such as Georges Seurat, Vincent Van Gogh, Camille Pissarro, and Roy Lichtenstein.

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Europeans Brought New Strains of Ulcer-Causing Bacterium to Pre-Columbian Americas

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Genome study shows mixing of European and African H. pylori strains in modern American populations.

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Harvard Medical School Geneticist David Reich Shares $1M Prize for Ancient DNA Discoveries

David Reich, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, has been named co-recipient of the 2017 Dan David Prize in archaeology and natural sciences.







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