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Scientists Uncover the 3 Evolutionary Factors That Made Human Brains So Big

There is "no clear link between brain size and behavior."<p>The human brain is three pounds of incredible power. A mass of supportive tissues and …

Evolution

Did Neanderthals' poor art ability contribute to their extinction?

Neanderthals, as the name suggests, were not great thinkers, and consequently their occasional forays into cave drawing left a lot to be desired.<p>But while the dubious artistic prowess of these prehistoric cousins to early humans may not seem of much importance, new research has found it is closely …

Anthropology

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on …

The Brain

Humans Have Been Brutally Mounting Skulls on Stakes for Over 8,000 years

A grisly discovery reveals a gruesome ancient ritual.<p>Filed Under Archaeology, Bones & Death<p>At the bottom of a small lake in eastern-central Sweden, …

Archaeology

Philosophy has a lot to learn from film

Picture this: a man – a samurai – is killed in a grove. One by one, all those involved are brought before a court. The woodcutter talks of the horror …

Akira Kurosawa

Comment on How Hunter-Gatherers May Hold the Key to our Economic Future by PlutoniumKun

A key point about resilient communities is diversity. Its not realistic to go back to hunting and gathering, but its perfectly possible, even in …

Farming

Scientists reveal how the Roman “gate to Hell” slaughtered its victims

The cave that would have been part of ancient Hierapolis is still deadly to this day<p>In the ancient city of Hierapolis there was a cave said to kill …

Archaeology

Ancient footprints reveal lifestyle of children 700,000 years ago

A site in Ethiopia containing the footprints of ancient human children has provided researchers an insight into parenting styles 700,000 years …

Anthropology

'How To Think Like An Anthropologist' — And Why You Should Want To

Civilization originated in the Fertile Crescent region, including parts of modern-day Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Egypt: That's the lesson most of us learned in school.<p>In it, <i>civilization</i> is used in a highly positive way to refer to the rise of city-states and the development of writing …

Anthropology

Iran believes the US spied on it with special lizards

Lizards with the ability to "attract atomic waves" were reportedly used by Western spies to gain intelligence on Iran's nuclear program, a …

South Asia

Found: Neolithic Spiderweb Stones in Denmark

They may have more to do with the sun than with arachnids.<p>From ancient Native Americans to the classical Greeks to today, spiders and their webs have …

Baltic Sea

Ancient virus could be responsible for human ability to think

An ancient virus could be responsible for human consciousness, giving you the ability to think for yourself.<p>New research has linked a human gene responsible for conscious thought to a virus that was spread in the early days of humanity.<p>Two papers published in the Cell journal discuss the origins of …

Genetics

Ancient Canine Skeleton Reveals New Depths of Humanity's Bond With Dogs

'There was a unique relationship of care between humans and dogs.'<p>A pup’s sweet glance is all your heart really needs, but scientists have now proven …

Arabian Peninsula

Australia failing to improve lives of indigenous people

Ten years after setting an ambitious goal to close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians, the government is failing to meet more …

Australia

Despite Clashes With Religion, Charles Darwin Wasn't Exactly an Atheist

When it comes to scientific concepts that clash with the church, evolution certainly tops the list. From the day Charles Darwin published "On the …

Charles Darwin

Humans witnessed fire-covered Earth at end of Ice Age

New research suggests that some 12,800 years ago, an astonishing 10 percent of the Earth’s land surface was consumed by fires, thanks to a cosmic …

Climate Change

Himalayas, the birthplace of all citrus fruits of the world

When life gives you lemons, blame the Himalayas, as they are the birthplace of all the citrus fruits of the world.<p>Genomic (DNA study), phylogenetic …

Anthropology

A 4,000-YEAR-OLD CLAY TABLET HAS REVEALED THE LOCATION OF 11 LOST ANCIENT CITIES

Archaeologists have identified the location of 11 lost cities thanks to a 4,000-year-old clay tablet, created by ancient merchants from the Assyrian …

'Game Changer': Maya Cities Unearthed In Guatemala Forest Using Lasers

By raining down laser pulses on some 770 square miles of dense forest in northern Guatemala, archaeologists have discovered 60,000 Maya structures that make up full sprawling cities.<p>And the new technology provides them with an unprecedented view into how the ancient civilization worked, revealing …

Archaeology

The most popular movie that came out the year you were born

Every year brings its own set of pop culture obsessions. Looking at the most popular movie from each year can tell you a lot about what people were talking about at the time, and how people's tastes have changed. It's fun to look at the most popular one from when you were born and see what everyone …

Movies

In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

Modern Human Brains Have Only Been Around For a Surprisingly Short Time

Our species started out with very different skulls.<p><i>Homo sapiens</i>, in our most "modern" form, have been roaming the earth for about 200,000 years …

Anthropology

Nobody Alive Has Ever Met The People On This Island

The Sentinelese tribe have remained on their North Sentinel Island, almost completely uncontacted for almost 60,000 years. Anyone who has tried to …

Andaman and Nicobar

10 Bizarre Theories About Ethnic And Racial Origins

Archaeologists and historians have long debated about just how humans spread across the planet, who came first, and how the world’s different …

The Arctic

The True Story of Semiramis, Legendary Queen of Babylon

The only woman ever to have ruled the mighty Assyrian Empire, Semiramis titillated writers and painters from the Roman period to the 19th century.<p>Female rulers in ancient Mesopotamia were rare. But those who did rule made their mark on history. In the Neo-Assyrian regime of the ninth century B.C., …

Ancient History

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren't My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You've sent off your awkwardly-collected saliva sample and now you're awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic "switched at birth," but results …

Genetics

In an illiberal world order, we need new ways to defend human rights

With the UN toothless, we must all become more versatile, collaborative and technologically adept in tackling abuses around the world<p>The UN human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, recently announced he would not be seeking a second term in office. “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, …

New Evidence Suggests Aboriginal Australians Ancestral to Modern Eurasians

After almost forty years of scientific consensus could we be seeing the end of the ‘Recent Out of Africa Theory’ of human origins. The fundamental …

Why did passenger pigeons die out?

In the 19th century, passenger pigeons were so numerous that hunters competed to shoot as many as possible. But the last passenger pigeon died in the …

500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs

Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence<p>In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally …