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A Gateway to Pan Exposed at Hippos

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Monumental Roman Gate Discovered at Sussita National Park, Following Discovery of Unique Mask of the God Pan. Expedition head Dr. Michael Eisenberg of the University of Haifa: “Now that the whole gate has been exposed, we not only have better information for dating the mask, but also a clue to its function. Are we looking at a gate that led to the sacred compound of the god Pan?”

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Ancient “Deep Skull” From Borneo Full of Surprises

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A new study of the 37,000-year old remains of the “Deep Skull” – the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia – has revealed this ancient person was not related to Indigenous Australians, as had been originally thought.

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Modeling of the Universe with Einstein; Learning About the Future From the Distant Past; Particle Zoo in a Quantum Computer and More in the Physics News Source Sponsored by AIP

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Explorations at Aztalan Yield Enthusiasm and Excitement for Visitors, Students

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People arrived at Wisconsin's Aztalan State Park, in couples and in groups, young and old. They braved the heat in order to take part in a public archaeology day, where excavations were underway to better understand the daily lives of the ancient peoples who called Aztalan home a millennium ago.

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Researchers Find Highland East Asian Origin for Prehistoric Himalayan Populations

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In a collaborative study by the University of Oklahoma, University of Chicago, University of California, Merced, and Uppsala University, researchers conduct the first ancient DNA investigation of the Himalayan arc, generating genomic data for eight individuals ranging in time from the earliest known human settlements to the establishment of the Tibetan Empire. The findings demonstrate that the genetic make-up of high-altitude Himalayan populations has remained remarkably stable despite cultural transitions and exposure to outside populations through trade.

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Powerful Lightning at Sea; How Much Carbon Dioxide Comes From Mine Drainage; Marine Species Adaptation; Scientists Using Sunlight, Water to Make Clean Energy; and More in the Environment News Source

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Mapping the Medieval: Ithaca College Professor Building Digital Model of Ireland’s Trim Castle

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Ithaca College Professor Michael "Bodhi" Rogers and a group of students are using a 3D scanner to build a digital model of Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Once complete, the model can be used for virtual tours, facilitating repairs, and a number of other applications.

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Ice Age Bison Fossils Shed Light on Early Human Migrations in North America

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Study dates the first movements of bison through an ice-free corridor that opened between the ice sheets after the last glacial maximum

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Inbred Neanderthals Left Humans a Genetic Burden

The Neanderthal genome included harmful mutations that made the hominids around 40% less reproductively fit than modern humans, according to estimates published in the latest issue of the journal GENETICS. Non-African humans inherited some of this genetic burden when they interbred with Neanderthals, though much of it has been lost. The results suggest that these harmful gene variants continue to reduce the fitness of some populations today. The study also has implications for management of endangered species.

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Social Adversity Early in Life May Affect the Expression of Stress-Related Genes

New research suggests that early severe social deprivation may impact DNA modifications that affect the expression of stress-related genes. These nongenetic (or epigenetic) modifications occur when molecules called methyl groups are added to components of DNA.

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Underwater ‘Lost City’ Found to Be Geological Formation

The ancient underwater remains of what was thought to be a long lost Greek city, found close to the holiday island Zakynthos, were in fact created by a naturally occurring phenomenon up to five million years ago.

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How Southeastern Mayan People Overcame the Catastrophic Eruption of Ilopango?

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A Nagoya University researcher and his leading international research group discovered a Great Platform built with different kinds of stone at the archeological site of San Andrés, El Salvador, and challenged the prevailing theory regarding the sociocultural development of Southeastern Maya frontier.

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Ancient Rice May Hold Key to Solving the Puzzle of the Settlement of Madagascar

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Archaeologists studying the distribution of ancient rice believe they may be close to solving one of the enduring mysteries of the ancient world - how people of South East Asian origin ended up living on the African island of Madagascar, 6,000 km away.

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Dr. Michael Eisenberg Elected Corresponding Member of the German Institute of Archaeology

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Dr. Michael Eisenberg, from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Haifa, has been elected to be a corresponding member of the German Institute of Archaeology in Berlin (Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, DAI), which serves as the umbrella organization for German archaeological research throughout the world.

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Migration Back to Africa Took Place During the Paleolithic

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A piece of international research led by the UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country has retrieved the mitogenome of a fossil belonging to the first Homo sapiens population in Europe.

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Downed World War II Aircraft Missing for 72 Years Located in Pacific Islands by Project RECOVER

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An American aircraft missing since July 1944 was recently located off Palau by effort to combine advanced oceanographic technology with archival research to locate MIAs and military aircraft.

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Burial Sites Show How Nubians, Egyptians Integrated Communities Thousands of Years Ago

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New bioarchaeological evidence shows that Nubians and Egyptians integrated into a community, and even married, in ancient Sudan, according to new research from a Purdue University anthropologist.

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Nature vs. Nurture? Both Are Important, Anthropologist Argues

Some anthropologists try to understand how societies and histories construct our identities, and others ask about how genes and the environment do the same thing. Which is the better approach? Both are needed, argues Agustin Fuentes, University of Notre Dame biological anthropologist.

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