archaeology

Why Do We Have Eyebrows? Finally We Have an Evolutionary Explanation

Why expressive brows might have mattered in human evolution...

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Bubble, bubble, plop! Your Dad Didn’t Invent Homebrew Wine

Archaeologists find earliest evidence of winemaking...

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Stone Age Swipe Right: The Truth About Prehistoric Dating

Prehistoric humans are likely to have formed mating networks to avoid inbreeding ...

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In the Hands of Cod – How Fish Unified Europe Before Brussels

DNA from Viking cod bones suggests 1,000-year history of European fish trade...

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Don’t Fear the Reaper: Domestication of Seeds was Earlier than We Thought

Synchrotron light used to show human domestication of seeds from 2000 BC ...

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By the Breath of Horus! Genome Data from Egyptian Mummies

Study finds that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations from the Near East...

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Guess Which Parts of the Brain Were Used for Stone Age Tech

Changes in Early Stone Age tool production have 'musical' ties ...

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But it’s How *I* See It! Pointillism from 38,000 Years Ago

38,000-year-old engravings confirm ancient origins of technique used by Seurat, Van Gogh ...

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Bite Me, Reptiles! Mammals Had Venom First

A kiss of death -- mammals were the first animals to produce venom ...

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Seven years in Tibet? Try 13,000

Research sheds new light on high-altitude settlement in Tibet ...

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Nothing New Under the Sun – How Prehistory Tackled Global Warming

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems ...

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Tastes Like Cabbage: The Deep Origins of Cooked Veggies

Earliest evidence discovered of plants cooked in ancient pottery ...

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Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff: Exposing Ancient Cereal Cultivation

Prehistoric plant remains highlight diverse origins of cereal domestication ...

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Black is the New Pink. Black Pigs, Better Bacon

New mutation found that suggests humans across the world have selected and bred black pigs...

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Slim Shadysaurus: What We’ve Learned From the Patterns on a Psittacosaurus

What dinosaurs' color patterns say about their lives ...

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Then Wash Your Hands: The Pathogens of Prehistoric Poo

Ancient feces provides earliest evidence of infectious disease being carried on Silk Road ...

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Alaska and Asia: The Trans-Pacific Trading Partnership that Pre-dates Columbus

Old World metals traded on Alaska coast hundreds of years before contact with Europeans ...

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Is it Done Yet? Archaeologists Find 5000 Year-Old Recipe for Beer

Revealing a 5000-year-old beer recipe in China...

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Don’t Eat the Meatballs? The Real Message of Sweden’s Rök Runestone

New interpretation of the Rök runestone inscription changes view of Viking Age ...

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Do You Have a Postcode for that, Sir? Archaeologists Discover Outer Reaches of the Silk Road

Nepali textile find suggests Silk Road extended further south than previously thought ...

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Scuttled, Sunk and, er, Mislaid. The Wreck of the 1-400 Mega-Submarine

Bronze bell recovered from World War II aircraft-carrying submarine off Oahu coast ...

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No Mod Cons, But a Spectacular View. Where our Human Ancestors Lived

Scientists piece together an early human habitat for the first time...

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Was Medieval France (even partly) Islamic? New Evidence Suggests So

Evidence of likely early medieval Muslim graves found in France ...

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Early Kinship and Community Displayed at Newly-Examined Spanish Megalithic Tomb

Neolithic megalithic tomb in Spain comprehensively examined for the first time ...

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Whipworm, Roundworm, Parasites. What did the Romans ever do for us?

Roman toilets gave no clear health benefit, and Romanization actually spread parasites ...

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Mammoth to Go? Paleolithic Disposable Cutlery Found

The rich array of artifacts shows a mix of techniques dating to early Upper Paleolithic...

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Flowers traced to Paleolithic burial site

The most plausible hypothesis is that complete flowers were placed on the tomb...

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Neolithic Gear-Sluts Formed Social Bonds

Neolithic archery could have had a significant community and social role, as well as providing social prestige...

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Milk’s Longterm Human Legacy

The milk of all three major dairy livestock--cattle, sheep and goats--has been consumed by human populations for at least 5,000 years...

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From the Frozen Aisle : One Entire Bison

The Yukagir bison mummy, as it is named, has a complete brain, heart, blood vessels and digestive system...

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