Emily Setton

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In a chamber at the end of a tunnel in Mexico sealed for nearly 1,800 years, archeologists make a toxic discovery

In the bowels of Teotihuacan, a mysterious, ancient Mexican city whose history has eluded experts for more than a century, an archaeologist made a …

Welcome to the Body Farm

<i>Beyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world … and a hands-on lab for cops and forensic</i> …

Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

Scientists have learned a lot about our distant ancestors from DNA that's thousands of years old. Like the fact that we've inherited some Neanderthal DNA, so apparently our ancestors mated with them. Now there's new research from DNA that moves on from paleo-mating to paleo-eating.<p>About 10,000 …

New Thoughts on Animal Domestication

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—Herders dating back to the Neolithic period did not isolate their domesticated charges from wild animals, according to Fiona …

History of the Domestication of Donkeys

The modern domestic donkey (<i>Equus asinus</i>) was bred from the wild African ass (<i>E. africanus</i>) in northeastern Africa during the predynastic period of …

Anthropology

Ancient DNA Shows Horses Paid A Price For Their Domestication

Humans are believed to have domesticated the horse around 5,500 years ago. And the effects of domestication--including some deleterious ones--can be seen in the genomes of modern-day horses, according to a new study.<p>"We provide the most extensive list of gene candidates that have been favored by …

Domestication of horses might have had negative impacts

Scientists tracing the horse's genome have found as humans domesticated the wild horse thousands of years ago, they affected the horse's …

Humans Have Been Getting High Since Prehistoric Times, Research Shows

Ever wonder how long people have been hooked on mind-altering drugs?<p>According to a newly published review of decades of archaeological research, humans worldwide have been using psychoactive substances like opium, alcohol and "magic mushrooms" since prehistoric times.<p>Now <i>that's</i> a trip.<p>"It is …