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One of The Biggest Evolution Experiments Ever Has Followed 68,000 Generations of Bacteria

And it's still going.<p>Scientists have spent the past 30 years carefully tracking evolution across more than 68,000 generations of <i>E. coli</i> bacteria - …

Biology

Here's What You Need to Know About That Fossil Teeth Discovery Said to 'Rewrite History'

A 9.7-million-year-old mystery.<p>Scientists have announced the shock discovery in Germany of ancient teeth fossils that are nearly 10 million years …

Natural History Museums

Ancient Mummy DNA Reveals Surprises About Egyptian Ancestry

Mummies are useful for lots of things: Halloween costumes, Scooby-Doo episodes, ancient Egyptian crafts, and you can get a lot of mileage out of …

Anthropology

After 87 Years At The Smithsonian, Bones Of Alaska Natives Returned And Reburied

Anthropologists once excavated the graves of thousands of Native Americans. Now museums in the U.S. are slowly working to return those remains and funerary objects to tribes.<p>A village in southwest Alaska recently reburied 24 of their ancestors who had been excavated by a Smithsonian anthropologist …

Anthropology

Documentary brings Goodall’s story to vivid life in ‘Jane’

We are so used to seeing reenactments in documentaries of this sort that to see footage of real chimpanzees is both unnerving and …

Documentaries

Talking About Death in America: An Anthropologist’s View

In order to break the silence that shapes contemporary American attitudes toward death, we must explore our own relationship to it.<p>Back in February, …

Melanesia

Research sheds new light on early turquoise mining in Southwest

Turquoise is an icon of the desert Southwest, with enduring cultural significance, especially for Native American communities. Yet, relatively little …

Anthropology

Coca production is booming in Colombia — here's how it gets turned into cocaine

In late 2016, Colombia sealed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a left-wing rebel group and major drug trafficker.<p>But they have struggled to implement important aspects of the deal, and coca production has only increased.<p>After hitting a low in 2012, cultivation …

Juan Manuel Santos

Did Japan just ban tattoo artists?

<b>Tokyo, Japan (CNN) —</b> Black is a color you won't find on the walls of Ron Sugano's tattoo parlor in the upmarket Meguro district of south-west Tokyo, where quaint geometric houses line quiet streets.<p>Also absent are the laminated pictures of stretched lobe piercings and extreme ink work that are …

Tattoos

Watch: Dying Chimp Gets Emotional At Sight Of Former Human Caretaker

Footage emerged Wednesday of a dying chimpanzee becoming emotional at the sight of her old friend at the Royal Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the …

American Museum of Natural History

Experts Cast Doubt On Viking Textile With ‘Allah’ Inscription

Researchers from Sweden made headlines last week after claiming to have found the Arabic characters for “Allah” and “Ali” woven into Viking burial …

Archaeology

Desert discovery: Lost temple of Ramses II uncovered by archaeologists

Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the remains of an ancient temple belonging to King Ramses II.<p>Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities says that the discovery was made by an Egyptian-Czech mission in the village of Abusir southwest of Cairo. The excavation site is near the famous step pyramid of …

Archaeology

Villagers in Peru stumble across what may be an ancient Incan city

Locals in the southern rainforest of Peru may have stumbled across an Inca city while grazing cattle. The Provincial Municipality of La Convención …

Archaeology

400 Mysterious Ancient Stone Structures Discovered in Saudi Arabia

Almost 400 mysterious stone structures dating back thousands of years have been discovered in Saudi Arabia, with a few of these wall-like formations …

Archaeology

Why Race Is Not a Thing, According to Genetics

Scientists are unlocking the secrets to how we’re all related—to each other and to the species that came before us.<p>Today, scientists routinely map the genomes of the long dead, from Neanderthals to medieval kings. What they’re finding out, says British geneticist Adam Rutherford in <i>A Brief History</i> …

Evolution

UK’s north-south divide dates back to Vikings, says archaeologist

Watford Gap discovered to be key geographical divide between invaders and Anglo-Saxons<p>The north-south divide has been the butt of jokes in Britain for years, but research has shown the Watford Gap, which separates the country, was in fact established centuries ago when the Vikings invaded …

Archaeology

'It's like time travel': Inside oldest rooms in city that are only accessible by hidden medieval staircase

A city's 'oldest room's have been discovered after being largely untouched for hundreds of years.<p>Never before open to the public, the ‘Priests’ …

Archaeology

Viral Photo On Reddit Of 2,000-Year-Old Thracian Chariot Buried With Dog And Horses Is Explained

On October 13, a photograph that appeared on Reddit of a 2,000-year-old Thracian chariot buried beside the remains of a dog and two horses went viral …

Archaeology

Newfoundland populated multiple times by distinct groups, DNA evidence shows

CELL PRESS—Indigenous people have been on the far northeastern edge of Canada for most of the last 10,000 years, moving in shortly after the ice …

Anthropology

Jewelry for men, weapons for women found in Çorum burial mound

ÇORUM - Anadolu Agency<p>Jewelry, weapons and souvenirs from 4,500 years ago have been found with skeletons during archaeological excavations in …

Archaeology

Did Easter Islanders Have Early Contact with South Americans?

On a map, Easter Island is a remote dot more than 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers) from the western coast of Chile. It has long fascinated …

Anthropology

How ancient lentils reveal the origins of social inequality

Lentils might not sound like a spectacular archaeological find but at the prehistoric site of Gurga Chiya in Iraqi Kurdistan they hold the clues to social transformation<p>I should be in the Kurdish region of Iraq right now knee-deep in Late Chalcolitic archaeology, but instead I’m watching Bake Off …

Archaeology

Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

Anthropology

Why did Vikings have 'Allah' embroidered into funeral clothes?

<b>Researchers in Sweden have found Arabic characters woven into burial costumes from Viking boat graves. The discovery raises new questions about the influence of Islam in Scandinavia, writes journalist Tharik Hussain.</b><p>They were kept in storage for more than 100 years, dismissed as typical examples of …

Archaeology

The First Adhesive Was Invented by Neanderthals 200,000 Years Ago

Neanderthals — early members of the genus Homo from Europe and Asia — have had such a lowly standing on the human family tree that the very word …

Anthropology

The first humans in Australia arrived early enough to cause some trouble

Megafauna could have died out because of human activity.<p>If you think Australian animals are terrifying now, just imagine roaming the outback and encountering a sheep-sized echidna. You know, those egg-laying mammals with weird spiny fur—except this one was giant and had a long, pointed beak. …

Anthropology

3,200-Year-Old Stone Inscription Tells of Trojan Prince, Sea People

A 3,200-year-old stone slab with an inscription that tells of a Trojan prince and may refer to the mysterious Sea People has been deciphered, …

Archaeology

Protect indigenous people to help fight climate change, says UN rapporteur

World leaders must do more to defend custodians of natural world whose lives are at risk from big business, says UN rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz<p>Global leaders must do more to protect indigenous people fighting to protect their land and way of life if the world is to limit climate change, …

Climate

Canada settles with indigenous 'Sixties Scoop' victims

<b>Canada has reached a major settlement with indigenous victims of the so-called Sixties Scoop.</b><p>The federal government has announced a payout of C$800m ($635m; £488m) to some 20,000 victims.<p>Starting in the 1960s, child welfare agencies removed thousands of indigenous children from their homes and …

Indigenous Peoples