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New Data Improve Techniques for Determining Whether a Jaw Bone Comes From a Man or Woman

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The scientific breakthrough, carried out by researchers at UGR and the Spanish National Research Council, is of great significance to the field of biological anthropology. It also has further implications for paleoanthropology, paleodemographics, forensic science and orthodontics, among other disciplines.

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Underwater Archaeology Looks at Atomic Relic of the Cold War

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Recently declassified documents on the USS Independence freely available online in the Journal of Maritime Archaeology.

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Water Storage Made Prehistoric Settlement Expansion Possible in Amazonia

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he pre-Columbian settlements in Amazonia were not limited to the vicinities of rivers and lakes. One example of this can be found in the Santarém region in Brazilian Amazonia, where most archaeological sites are situated in an upland area and are the result of an expansion of settlements in the last few centuries before the arrival of Europeans. This is concluded by a research team consisting of archaeologists from the University of Gothenburg and Brazilian colleagues.

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The Female Pelvis Adjusts for Childbearing Years

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According to new studies, wide hips do not reduce locomotor efficiency.

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Vladimir Is Thrilled by the Sungarian Man

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Archaeologists from the Lomonosov Moscow State University studied the objects made of bone, antler and ivory, that were found at the Sungir archaeological site. They managed to learn how the Homo sapiens processed solid organic materials and produced tools and ornamentals. The work was published in a specialized digest Hugo Obermaier Society for Quaternary Research and Archaeology of the Stone Age.

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Fresh Look at Trope About Eskimo Words for Snow

That old trope about there being at least 50 Eskimo words for snow has a new twist. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have taken a fresh look at words for snow, taking on an urban legend referred to by some as "the great Eskimo vocabulary hoax."

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Sexually Transmitted Infections, Peer Pressure May Have Turned Humans Into Monogamists

Prehistoric humans may have developed social norms that favour monogamy and punish polygamy thanks to the presence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and peer pressure, according to new research from the University of Waterloo in Canada.

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Queen’s University Microbiologists Unmask the Hannibal Route Enigma

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Microbiologists based in the Institute for Global Food Security and School of Biological Sciences at Queen’s University Belfast have recently released results that may have answered one of ancient history’s greatest enigmas: Where did Hannibal cross the Alps?

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Possible Viking Discovery by UAB Archaeologist Could Rewrite North American History

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Using satellite imaging, UAB archaeologist Sarah Parcak may have found evidence of the 2nd Norse settlement in North America at a site in Newfoundland.

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Ancient DNA Shows European Wipe-Out of Early Americans

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The first largescale study of ancient DNA from early American people has confirmed the devastating impact of European colonisation on the Indigenous American populations of the time.

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Text in Lost Language May Reveal God or Goddess Worshipped by Etruscans at Ancient Temple

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Rare religious artifact found at ancient temple site in Italy is from lost culture fundamental to western traditions.

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Simulation Shows How Modern Interventions Can Affect Tropical Forests and Indigenous People

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A computer simulation shows that carefully designing government interactions with rural indigenous people is critical for protecting the sustainability of people, wildlife and the land.

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Bronze Bell Recovered From World War II Aircraft-Carrying Submarine Off Oahu Coast

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During a test dive last week, the Hawai'i Undersea Research Laboratory (HURL) recovered the bronze bell from the I-400 - a World War II-era Imperial Japanese Navy mega-submarine, lost since 1946 when it was intentionally sunk by U.S. forces after its capture.

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Researchers Find Ancient DNA Preserved in Modern-Day Humans

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Residents of the remote equatorial islands of Melanesia share fragments of genetic code with two extinct human species. That’s the key finding of a new study published March 17 in the journal Science. An international team contributed to the research, which compared the DNA sequences of 35 modern people living on islands off the coast of New Guinea with DNA drawn from two early human species: Denisovans, whose remains were found in Siberia, and Neandertals, first discovered in Germany. “Substantial amounts of Neandertal and Denisovan DNA can now be robustly identified in the genomes of present-day Melanesians, allowing new insights into human evolutionary history,” they wrote. “As genome-scale data from worldwide populations continues to accumulate, a nearly complete catalog of surviving archaic lineages may soon be within reach.”

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Mummy Expert Available to Discuss Possible Discovery of New Chambers in Tut’s Tomb

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Palaeontologists Discover 250 Million Year Old New Species of Reptile in Brazil

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The species has been identified from a mostly complete and well preserved fossil skull that the team has named Teyujagua paradoxa.

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The Benefits of Food Processing

Processing food before eating likely played key role in human evolution, study finds.

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Want to Avoid a Cold? Try a Tattoo or Twenty, says UA Researcher

There’s no known cure for the common cold, but receiving multiple tattoos can strengthen your immunological responses, potentially making you heartier in fighting off common infections, according to research by a trio of University of Alabama scholars. However, receiving a single tattoo can, at least temporarily, lower your resistance.