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Trending Stories Report for 24 April 2015

Trending news releases with the most views in a single day. Topics include: exercise and obesity, Focused Ultrasound to treat uterine fibroids, neurology, diet supplements and cancer (day 4 in top 10), genetics, geology, skin cancer, sleep and Alzheimer's, and water conservation.

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Calculating How the Pacific Was Settled

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Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Adrian Bell found the two most likely strategies were to travel mostly against prevailing winds and seek easily seen islands, not necessarily the nearest islands.

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Reliving Prehistoric History with "The Great Human Race"

Anthropology professor Bill Schindler and his costar Cat Bigney will recreate the living conditions of our earliest ancestors when filming begins this month for National Geographic Channel's The Great Human Race.

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Iowa State Anthropologist Finds Female Chimps More Likely to Use Tools When Hunting

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Iowa State University anthropology professor Jill Pruetz and her research team were the first to observe savanna chimps using tools to hunt prey. Since making that discovery, Pruetz's team has observed more than 300 tool-assisted hunts and found female chimps hunt with tools more than males.

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Why We Have Chins

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Why are modern humans the only species to have chins? University of Iowa researchers say it's not due to mechanical forces, such as chewing, but may lie in our evolution: As our faces became smaller, it exposed the bony prominence at the lowest part of our heads. Results appear in the Journal of Anatomy.

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Don’t Farm on Me: Northern Europeans to Neolithic Interlopers

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Northern Europeans in the Neolithic period initially rejected the practice of farming, which was otherwise spreading throughout the continent, a team of researchers has found. Their findings offer a new wrinkle in the history of a major economic revolution that moved civilizations away from foraging and hunting as a means for survival.

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MSU Archaeologist Helps Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece

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Almost 6,000 years ago, the man was placed behind the woman with his arms around her body, and their legs were intertwined. They were buried. Why they were interred in this manner is not yet determined, but the international team that discovered them in Greece is still searching for answers, according to team member Michael Galaty, a Mississippi State University archaeologist.

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Manchester Archaeologists Defy ISIS Militants by Finding New Antiquities in Iraq

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New Book Analyzes Intersection of Archaeology and National Identity

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Historian J. Laurence Hare, who examines the emergence of antiquarianism in the German-Danish border regions in his new book, Excavating Nations: Archaeology, Museums and the German-Danish Borderlands.

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Bitter Chocolate: Illegal Cocoa Farms Threaten Ivory Coast Primates

Researchers surveying for endangered primates in national parks and forest reserves of Ivory Coast found, to their surprise, that most of these protected areas had been turned into illegal cocoa farms, a new study reports.