Anthropology

Skeleton DNA may identify sailors lost in search for Northwest Passage

Scientists have extracted DNA from the skeletal remains of several 19th-century sailors from the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, whose goal was to navigate the fabled Northwest Passage.<p>With a new genetic database of 24 expedition members, researchers hope to identify some of the victims of one of …

Humanity

How a bit of cave dirt just changed archaeology

The study of humans has long relied on bones to reveal human DNA. The problem is that those bones are hard to come by. As the <i>Atlantic</i> points out, scientists have only a finger bone and two teeth belonging to the Denisovans, cousins of Neanderthals.<p>It's no wonder then that a Harvard geneticist …

Humanity

History-changing discovery suggests Homo sapiens were not the first humans in America

For decades, the accepted theory of human migration suggested that Homo sapiens arrived to America around 15,000 years ago, and that they were the …

Humanity

Another Study Is Making Scientists Rethink How Humans Came To Live In North America

The answer to when humans first arrived on the American continents is a divisive issue that raises a lot of eyebrows. And a new paper based on work done at the San Diego Natural History Museum suggests a whole new set of ideas about when people might have been in the Americas. The research concerns …

Humanity

DNA of extinct humans found in caves

<b>The DNA of extinct humans can be retrieved from sediments in caves - even in the absence of skeletal remains.</b><p>Researchers found the genetic material in sediment samples collected from seven archaeological sites.<p>The remains of ancient humans are often scarce, so the new findings could help scientists …

Humanity

Scientists discover origins of ancient Hopewell culture's meteorite jewellery

The native Hopewell culture, which thrived along rivers and streams in North America from 200BC to 500AD, is today survived by a number of beautiful …

Archaeology

Tibetan people have multiple adaptations for life at high altitudes

PLOS—The Tibetan people have inherited variants of five different genes that help them live at high altitudes, with one gene originating in the …

Humanity

Compare Europe's and the Americas' populations by looking at this cool map.

IT is difficult to visualize the population difference between two areas of the world by looking at numbers only, so Reddit user Speech500 took the …

Maps

Genomes of Scythian Horses Mapped

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK—<i>The New York Times</i> reports that Ludovic Orlando of the University of Copenhagen and an international team of scientists analyzed …

Humanity

Who Killed the Iceman?

Over 5,000 years ago, a man walking in the Alps was murdered. We would have never known about it, if the murder victim hadn't fallen into a ravine …

Crime

Scientists recover ancient DNA from cave dirt without needing to find bones

Sifting through teaspoons of clay and sand scraped from the floors of caves, German researchers have isolated ancient human DNA - without turning up …

Humanity

6-Year-Old Creates Coloring Book Series to Teach About Black Indigenous Cultures Around the World

A 6-year-old girl and her mother have created a coloring book that educates young children about black indigenous cultures around the world, while …

Books

Long-frozen DNA shows how people changed the ‘most important domesticated animal’

On May 6, at the 143rd Kentucky Derby, 20 thoroughbred horses will gallop along a 1.25-mile stretch. Even the slowest racer should cross the finish line in about two minutes. The thoroughbreds are not only quicker than ancient wild horses, they are also remarkably different from the domesticated …

Horses

Ice cave in Transylvania yields window into region's past: Scientists conduct ancient climate research on oldest cave glacier in the world

Scientists conduct ancient climate research on oldest cave glacier in the world<p>Ice cores drilled from a glacier in a cave in Transylvania offer new …

Climate Change

Ancestors of 'hobbits' may have been first humans to leave Africa

I was in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2008 and lucky enough to examine the bones of one of the most controversial Hominin species that has ever been …

Evolution

Why are Indigenous people such avid users of social media?

Indigenous Australians are using social media in unique ways – to connect between generations, to connect with culture and to connect with other Indigenous peoples globally, writes @IndigenousX host, Bronwyn Carlson<p>Indigenous people use social media at a rate higher than non-Indigenous people, and …

Social Marketing

You can finally find out who Fido is related to with a new 'family tree' for dog breeds

The new project catalogues 161 dog breeds based on similarities and differences in their genetic makeup.<p>April 27, 2017 —Every dog lover has, at one …

Dogs

Scythian horse breeding unveiled: Lessons for animal domestication

Nomad Scythian herders roamed vast areas spanning the Central Asian steppes during the Iron Age, approximately from the 9th to the 1st century BCE …

Archaeology

Bill Nye is doing science just fine

Let’s look at a painfully naïve understanding of science.<p>Science. The word denotes logic. Reason. Cold, hard facts. Measurable data and observable …

Atheism

Australian politics explainer: the Mabo decision and native title

<i>The Conversation is running a series of explainers on key moments in Australian political history, looking at what happened, its impact then, and its</i> …

Humanity

Flawed forensic science may be hampering identification of human remains

New research casts doubt on a method used in forensic science to determine whether skeletal remains are of a person who has given birth.

Humanity

Idaho: Remains of 2 people found in Oregon Trail badger hole

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A fluke discovery of human bones protruding from a badger hole in southwestern Idaho has investigators trying to determine if they have discovered a double homicide or the disturbed grave of young 19th century pioneers who died going west on the nearby Oregon Trail, authorities …

Oregon

Ancient people left a frightening message for us, and scientists just found it

10,000 years from now (assuming humans haven’t been wiped out by a plague, space rock, or our own destructive tendencies), it’ll probably be fairly …

Humanity

The first Brexit: Submerged landscapes of the North Sea and Channel

The British Isles split from Europe several thousand years ago. Now, maritime archaeology is revealing a lost landscape on the seafloor<p>The British Isles separated from the European continent approximately 8,000 years ago. For this Brexit there was no referendum or bus, no Leavers or Remainers, nor …

Archaeology

10 Of The Most Mysterious Discoveries That Could Rewrite History

<i>In archaeology, context is the basis of many discoveries that are imputed to the deliberate workings of intelligence. If I find a rock chipped in</i> …

Archaeology

What happened to the missing people of Pennsylvania?

For six centuries, a native people lived in the region that is now southwestern Pennsylvania.<p>Then they vanished without a trace.<p>"We have no idea what …

Humanity

Paleolithic Humans Got Dental Fillings, And They Weren't Pretty

Think a modern trip to the dentist is bad? Try one 13,000 years ago, where your filling contained the same material that we now use to pave …

Breakthroughs

These 77,000-year-old stone tools are the oldest, most sophisticated ever discovered in South Africa

The stone points are thought to have been used as tips for arrows or spears.<p>Precisely honed lethal stone tools have been discovered in the Sibudu …

Humanity

DU Alumna and Staff Member Elevates Native American Outreach

When Viki Eagle first came to the University of Denver as an undergraduate student in 2007, she didn’t know much about it even though she grew up in …

Education

Fossils suggest first Americans were in San Diego 130,000 years ago. Cue the 'Encino Man' jokes.

A cache of prehistoric fossils first discovered 25 years ago appear to suggest that the first humans to arrive or live in North America were, at one …

Humanity