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Anthropology, Mammoth, mammoth tusk, Mammoths

Wichita State University Anthropology Team Excavates, Studies New Mammoth Tusk Discovery

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A Wichita State University anthropology professor and his students are learning first-hand what it takes to painstakingly uncover what could be one of the oldest mammoth tusks ever found in Kansas.

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Turkeys, Anthropology, Native Americans

FSU Researchers Talk Turkey: Native Americans Raised Classic Holiday Bird Long Before First Thanksgiving

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Florida State University Associate Professor of Anthropology Tanya Peres and graduate student Kelly Ledford write in a paper published today that Native Americans were raising and managing turkeys far before the first Thanksgiving.

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Archaeology, New World, Earth Science, Geology & soil

UF Archaeologist Uses Chicxulub ‘Dinosaur Crater’ Rocks, Prehistoric Teeth to Track Ancient Humans

Where’s the best place to start when retracing the life of a person who lived 4,000 years ago? Turns out, it’s simple -- you start at the beginning.

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Autism and Human Evolutionary Success

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A subtle change occurred in our evolutionary history 100,000 years ago which allowed people who thought and behaved differently - such as individuals with autism - to be integrated into society, academics from the University of York have concluded.

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Evolution Purged Many Neanderthal Genes From Modern Humans

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Larger populations allowed humans to shed weakly deleterious gene variants that were widespread in Neanderthals.

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Archaeology, Chickens, Domestication, Africa, Ethiopia

How the Chicken Crossed the Red Sea

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The discarded bone of a chicken leg,  still etched with teeth marks from a dinner thousands of years ago, provides some of the oldest known physical evidence for the introduction of domesticated chickens to the continent of Africa, research from Washington University in St. Louis has confirmed.Based on radiocarbon dating of about 30 chicken bones unearthed at the site of an ancient farming village in present-day Ethiopia, the findings shed new light on how domesticated chickens crossed ancient roads — and seas — to reach farms and plates in Africa and, eventually, every other corner of the globe.

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Paleontology, Mammoths, Early Americans, Archaeology, pre-clovis sites

Stay Tuned: New U-M Bristle Mammoth Exhibit Highlights the 'Unfolding Process of Discovery'

On the fourth floor of the University of Michigan's Museum of Natural History, in a large gallery set aside for temporary exhibits, a room has been built to display the remains of an ice age mammoth pulled from a farmer's field near Chelsea on Oct. 1, 2015.

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Paleolithic, Caves, Lions, Upper Paleolithic, Hunt

Upper Paleolithic Humans May Have Hunted Cave Lions for Their Pelts

Upper Paleolithic humans may have hunted cave lions for their pelts, perhaps contributing to their extinction, according to a study published October 26, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Marián Cueto from the Universidad de Cantabria, Spain, and colleagues.

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Study Finds Earliest Evidence in Fossil Record for Right-Handedness

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Teeth striations of Homo habilis fossil date back 1.8 million years.

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Age of 1st Chief's Ancient Tomb Reveals Pacific Islanders Invented New Kind of Society

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New uranium series analysis of chief's tomb suggests island's monumental structures are earliest evidence of a chiefdom in the Pacific -- yielding new keys to how societies emerge and evolve.







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