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      December 3, 2020

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      The Same Vision for All Primates

      Primates process visual information similar to pixels in a digital camera, using small computing units located in their visual cortex. Scientists of the University of Geneva have investigated whether ...

      Ancient Blanket Made With 11,500 Turkey Feathers

      New research sheds light on the production of an 800-year-old turkey feather blanket and explores the economic and cultural aspects of raising turkeys to supply feathers in the ancient ...

      Identical Evolution of Isolated Organisms

      Palaeontologists have provided new proof of parallel evolution: conodonts, early vertebrates from the Permian period, adapted to new habitats in almost identical ways despite living in different ...

      Middle Stone Age Populations Repeatedly Occupied West African Coast

      Researchers reveal evidence of Middle Stone Age occupations of the West African coast. Ranging from 62 to 25 thousand years ago, the largest well-dated assemblages from the region clearly document ...
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      X-Ray Imaging of a Beetle's World in Ancient Earthenware

      Using X-rays, a researcher has imaged 28 impressions of maize weevils on pottery shards from the late Jomon period (around 3,600 years ago) excavated from the Yakushoden site in Miyazaki Prefecture. ...

      Population Dynamics and the Rise of Empires in Inner Asia

      Researchers sought to understand the genetic, sociopolitical and cultural changes surrounding the formation of the eastern Eurasian Steppe's historic empires. The study analyzed genome-wide data ...

      New Research Traces the Origins of Trench Fever

      Trench fever was first clinically described in World War 1 when it sickened nearly 500,000 soldiers. New DNA evidence proves the disease predates that time period by thousands of ...

      Sea-Level Rise Will Have Complex Consequences

      Rising sea levels will affect coasts and human societies in complex and unpredictable ways, according to a new study that examined 12,000 years in which a large island became a cluster of smaller ...

      Just Like Us Neanderthal Children Grew and Were Weaned Similar to Us

      Neanderthals behaved not so differently from us in raising their children, whose pace of growth was similar to Homo sapiens. Thanks to the combination of geochemical and histological analyses of ...

      New Study Finds Earliest Evidence for Mammal Social Behavior

      A new study by paleontologists indicates that the earliest evidence of mammal social behavior goes back to the Age of Dinosaurs. The multituberculate Filikomys primaevus engaged in ...

      Resilience in the Face of Climate Change: Archaeological Investigations Reveal Human Adaptability in Ancient Turkey

      An examination of two documented periods of climate change in the greater Middle East, between approximately 4,500 and 3,000 years ago, reveals local evidence of resilience and even of a flourishing ...

      Study of Ancient Dog DNA Traces Canine Diversity to the Ice Age

      A global study of ancient dog DNA presents evidence that there were different types of dogs more than 11,000 years ago in the period immediately following the Ice ...

      Denisovan DNA in the Genome of Early East Asians

      Researchers analyzed the genome of the oldest human fossil found in Mongolia to date and show that the 34,000-year-old woman inherited around 25 percent of her DNA from western Eurasians, ...

      Bison Engravings in Spanish Caves Reveal a Common Art Culture Across Ancient Europe

      Recently discovered rock art from caves in Northern Spain represents an artistic cultural style common across ancient Europe, but previously unknown from the Iberian Peninsula, according to a new ...

      The Rhythm of Change: What a Drum-Beat Experiment Reveals About Cultural Evolution

      Living organisms aren't the only things that evolve over time. Cultural practices change, too, and in recent years social scientists have taken a keen interest in understanding this cultural ...

      Can Individual Differences Be Detected in Same-Shaped Pottery Vessels by Unknown Craftsmen?

      Can quantitative differences be used to identify individual potters who make traditional, fixed-shape vessels that have been made in the same way for generations? Researchers discovered that there ...

      Inks Containing Lead Were Likely Used as Drier on Ancient Egyptian Papyri

      Analyzing 12 ancient Egyptian papyri fragments with X-ray microscopy, researchers were surprised to find previously unknown lead compounds in both red and black inks and suggest they were used for ...

      War Songs and Lullabies Behind Origins of Music

      Love is not the primary reason humans developed music. A new evolutionary theory of the origins of music argues more evidence supports music coming from the need for groups to impress allies and ...

      Ancient Maya Built Sophisticated Water Filters

      Ancient Maya in the once-bustling city of Tikal built sophisticated water filters using natural materials they imported from miles away, according to new research. A multidisciplinary team of ...

      Cognitive Elements of Language Have Existed for 40 Million Years

      Humans are not the only beings that can identify rules in complex language-like constructions -- monkeys and great apes can do so, too, a new study has shown. Researcher used a series of experiments ...

      The first analysis of a sedimentary drill core representing 1 million years of environmental history in the East African Rift Valley shows that at the same time early humans were abandoning old tools ...

      Oldest Securely Dated Evidence for a River Flowing Through the Thar Desert, Western India

      Using luminescence dating of ancient river sediments, a new study presents evidence for river activity at Nal Quarry in the central Thar Desert starting from approx. 173 thousand years ago. These ...

      Climate Change Likely Drove Early Human Species to Extinction, Modeling Study Suggests

      Of the six or more different species of early humans, all belonging to the genus Homo, only we Homo sapiens have managed to survive. Now, a study combining climate modeling and the fossil record in ...

      Modern Humans Took Detours on Their Way to Europe

      Favourable climatic conditions influenced the sequence of settlement movements of Homo sapiens in the Levant on their way from Africa to Europe. In a first step, modern humans settled along the coast ...

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