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Anthropology News
December 8, 2019

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How did the almost 6,000 languages of the world come into being? Researchers have tried to simulate the process of developing a new communication system in an experiment -- ... read more
Some of the same mutations allowing humans to fend off deadly infections also make us more prone to certain inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn's disease. ... read more

DNA Data Offers Scientific Look at 500 Years of Extramarital Sex in Western Europe

Researchers have put DNA evidence together with long-term genealogical data to explore questions of biological fatherhood on a broad scale among ... read more
Researchers have succeeded in reconstructing the evolutionary relationship between a two million year old giant primate and the living orangutan. It is the first time genetic ... read more
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'Ghost' Footprints from Pleistocene Era Revealed by Radar Tech

Invisible footprints hiding since the end of the last ice age -- and what lies beneath them -- have been discovered by researchers using a special type of radar in a novel ... read more

First Adult Molars Are 'Living Fossils' That Hold a 'Health Record' Dating Back to the Womb

Researchers have found that a person's first permanent molars carry a life-long record of health information dating back to the womb, storing vital information that can connect maternal health ... read more

Fossil Suggests Apes, Old World Monkeys Moved in Opposite Directions from Shared Ancestor

In terms of their body plan, Old World monkeys -- a group that includes primates like baboons and macaques -- are generally considered more similar to ancestral species than apes are. But a new study ... read more

Researchers Lay out First Genetic History of Rome

Despite extensive records of the history of Rome, little is known about the city's population over time. A new genetic history of the Eternal City reveals a dynamic population shaped in part by ... read more

Neanderthal Extinction Linked to Human Diseases

Complex disease transmission patterns could explain why it took tens of thousands of years after first contact for our ancestors to replace Neanderthals throughout Europe and ... read more

How Human Population Came from Our Ability to Cooperate

Humans' ability to cooperate during child-bearing years by sharing food, labor, and childcare duties is the story of population ... read more

Humans Migrated from Europe to the Levant 40,000 Years Ago

Researchers now report that Aurignacians, culturally sophisticated yet mysterious early humans, migrated from Europe to the Levant some 40,000 years ago, shedding light on a significant era in the ... read more

City Apartments or Jungle Huts: What Chemicals and Microbes Lurk Inside?

Researchers found city homes to be rife with industrial chemicals, cleaning agents and fungi that love warm, dark surfaces, while jungle huts had fresher air, more sunlight and natural materials with ... read more

For the first time, researchers found evidence of the ornamental uses of eagle talons in the Iberian ... read more

Ancient Rhinos Roamed the Yukon

Paleontologists have used modern tools to identify the origins of a few fragments of teeth found more than four decades ago by a schoolteacher in the ... read more

Red Algae Thrive Despite Ancestor's Massive Loss of Genes

You'd think that losing 25 percent of your genes would be a big problem for survival. But not for red algae, including the seaweed used to wrap sushi. An ancestor of red algae lost about a ... read more

The Homeland of Modern Humans

A landmark study pinpoints the birthplace of modern humans in southern Africa and suggests how past climate shifts drove their first ... read more

New Study on Early Human Fire Acquisition Squelches Debate

Fire starting is a skill that many modern humans struggle with in the absence of a lighter or matches. The earliest humans likely harvested fire from natural sources, yet when our ancestors learned ... read more

Strong Winter Dust Storms May Have Caused the Collapse of the Akkadian Empire

Fossil coral records provide new evidence that frequent winter shamals, or dust storms, and a prolonged cold winter season contributed to the collapse of the ancient Akkadian Empire in ... read more

Heuneburg Early Celts Across Classes May Have Drunk Mediterranean Wine in Local Ceramics

Early Celts from the Heuneburg settlement may have enjoyed Mediterranean wine well before they began importing Mediterranean drinking vessels -- and this special drink may have been available to all ... read more

Researchers Identify the Sex of Skeletons Based on Elbow Features

In an effort to help identify skeletal remains of Thai descent, researchers have found that examining the distal humerus (elbow) bone is superior to previous techniques that were developed for ... read more

Lead Pollution from Native Americans Attributed to Crushing Galena for Glitter Paint

A new study of Native American use of galena increases understanding of how they were using the land and its ... read more

Archaeologists Uncover 2,000-Year-Old Street in Jerusalem Built by Pontius Pilate

An ancient walkway most likely used by pilgrims as they made their way to worship at the Temple Mount has been uncovered in the 'City of David' in the Jerusalem Walls National ... read more

The evolution of dietary and hygienic habits in Western countries is associated with a decrease in the bacteria that help in digestion. These very bacteria were also found in the Iceman, who lived ... read more

Newly Discovered Microbes Band Together, 'Flip Out'

Scientists have found a new species of choanoflagellate. This close relative of animals forms sheets of cells that 'flip' inside-out in response to light, alternating between a cup-shaped ... read more

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