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“Telling the Bees”

While most common in the nineteenth century, the practice of “telling the bees” about significant life events endures, albeit in a different form, to …

Bees

The Genetics of Cousin Marriage

In much of the world, consanguineous marriage between cousins is very common. For most Americans, however, marriage between cousins is at best a …

Genetics

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Genealogy

What Life Was Like During the London Blitz

Nearly eighty years later and an ocean away, most Americans look back at the London Blitz as a time when civilians came together across social lines, …

Communist Party

Mom was a Neanderthal. Dad was something else entirely. Meet the strangest hybrid in human history.

From fragments of DNA in a 90,000-year-old finger bone, scientists have identified a fascinating new character in the story of our evolution: the first-known offspring of parents from two different branches of the human family tree.<p>The bone belonged to a 13-year-old girl whose mother was a …

Anthropology

When a DNA Test Shatters Your Identity

“Each person comes into our group thinking they are a freak.”<p>It was AncestryDNA’s customer-service rep who had to break the news to Catherine St Clair.<p>For her part, St Clair thought she was inquiring about a technical glitch. Her brother—the brother who along with three other siblings had gifted …

How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil

July 21, 1918, dawned hot and hazy in Orleans, Massachusetts. Three miles offshore, the <i>Perth Amboy,</i> a 120-foot steel tugboat, chugged south along the …

Why Some Gravestones Are Shaped Like Tree Stumps

When nature and secret societies get together.<p>In the bright light of a summer afternoon, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn is filled with a quiet life. …

Ghosts in the DNA: The lost diversity of early colonial Virginia

Source: Charles Cittie, AKA: City Point, Hopewell by Carol Tyrer via https://www.flickr.com/photos/22616393@N04/6770731109C<p>Nestled along the James …

The Dancing Plague of 1518

500 years ago this month, a strange mania seized the city of Strasbourg. Citizens by the hundreds became compelled to dance, seemingly for no reason …

10 Dubious Victorian Cures From the First Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy

In his work <i>Of the Epidemics</i>, the Greek physician Hippocrates encouraged doctors to “have two special objects in view with regard to disease, namely, …

Germans find 'Harald Bluetooth' medieval treasure

<b>Treasure linked to the reign of 10th Century Danish King Harald Bluetooth has been dug up in northern Germany.</b><p>An amateur archaeologist and a 13-year-old boy found a silver coin on the Baltic island of Rügen in January when scanning a field with metal detectors.<p>Experts kept the find secret until a …

Researchers find evidence of 1755 earthquake — at bottom of Lynn pond

Researchers say they’ve found evidence of the 1755 Cape Ann earthquake, the largest to hit New England in recorded history, in an unlikely place — …

Trail of ashes: A local man’s work to restore identity to the unclaimed dead

Rick Valentine doesn’t do it for the notoriety. Nor the gratitude from families or the warm fuzzy feelings that can follow. He does it because he …

Archdiocese of New York digitizing records dating back to 1785

The Archives of the Archdiocese of New York have announced the launch of a digital database of its historical sacramental records dating back to 1785.<p>…

The classic explanation for the Black Death plague is wrong, scientists say

By Ben Guarino<p>Ben Guarino<p>Reporter covering biology, genetics, nature, paleontology and the culture of science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Plague came to Europe in the 14th century and rapidly conquered the continent. The pandemic, one of the worst in human history, killed tens of millions. Up to 60 percent of …

World Politics

The Secret Paths That Led Ireland’s Catholics to Forbidden Mass

Passages to salvation from a time of persecution.<p>On Ireland’s southwest coast, in County Kerry, there is a small village called Caherdaniel. Nearby, …

Genealogist donates life’s work to Bermuda

Published Jan 18, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Jan 18, 2018 at 7:17 am)<p>Clara Hollis Hallett<p>Clara Hollis Hallett<p>Genealogist Clara Hollis Hallett has pored …

Mütter Museum Showcases the Victorian Custom of Making Crafts From Human Hair

During the Victorian era, hair wasn’t simply for heads. People wove clipped locks into elaborate accessories, encased them in frames and lockets, and …

Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America—And, Maybe, the Field of Archaeology

The story of how <i>Homo sapiens</i> spread from Africa to the rest of the world is a tangled epic, full of false starts and dead ends. Yet perhaps nowhere …

First genetic map of Ireland going back to ancient times revealed

Volunteers sought to take part in Irish DNA Atlas project<p>Fri, Dec 8, 2017, 18:46<p>The next time a Cork man tells you he’s from the People’s Republic, …

Adjusting to life as free people: Collection of portraits of African American families in the early 1900s revealed

A fascinating new collection of family portraits from the early 1900s depicts the lives of African Americans in the U.S. less than 40 years after …

Humans didn't outsmart the Neanderthals. We just outlasted them.

By Sarah Kaplan<p>Sarah Kaplan<p>Reporter for Speaking of Science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>By the standards of the Paleolithic age, members of <i>Homo neanderthalensis</i> were the height of sophistication. These ancient hominins ranged across Europe and parts of Asia for more than 300,000 years, producing tools, jewelry …

Humanity

How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across America

Haskell County, Kansas, lies in the southwest corner of the state, near Oklahoma and Colorado. In 1918 sod houses were still common, barely …

The Lost Children of Tuam

Ireland wanted to forget. But the dead don’t always stay buried.

Ireland

UC Berkeley Uses Optical Scanning to Recover Indigenous Voices from Wax Cylinders

Among the thousands of wax cylinders in the University of California (UC) Berkeley’s Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology are songs and …

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Southern African Ancestors Reveal That Modern Humans Emerged 350,000 Years Ago

Modern humans have been around for 170,000 years longer than previously thought, with new research highlighting the connections between people from …

DNA proves fearsome Viking warrior was a woman

A 10th century Viking unearthed in the 1880s was like a figure from Richard Wagner’s <i>Ride of the Valkyries</i>: an elite warrior buried with a sword, an …

Archaeology