Anthropology

Why You Should Skip the Brain if You Eat Your Friends

Cannibalism is mostly the stuff of gory, post-apocalyptic science fiction—a staple of shows like <i>T</i><i>he Walking Dead</i> and <i>The Santa Clarita Diet</i> and movies like <i>Mad Max</i> and <i>The Bad Batch</i>, out this weekend (and which VICE is distributing). But obviously, it's not something any of us ever have to worry about …

Humanity

Plastic Water Bottles Might Have Poisoned Ancient Californians

You've heard the PSA: Recycle that plastic water bottle, or else archaeologists will be digging it up thousands of years from now. What you probably …

Natural History Museums

What did a Dublin man living 500 years ago really look like? Now we know.

The face of an unknown Irish man who died 500 years ago has been digitally reconstructed by a team of archaeologists.The remains of the man, who was …

Humanity

Dogs have been working alongside humans for much longer than we thought

It’s time to rewrite the record on dogs with jobs. We all know humans have long bred canines into all sizes and shapes to do our bidding—even if that’s just sitting in a queen’s sleeve or a celebrity’s purse. But we didn’t know for how long we’d been doing it.<p>Previously, researchers believed that …

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DNA discovery reveals genetic history of ancient Egyptians

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less in common than you might think. That is, at least genetically, a team of scientists have found.<p>Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have …

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DNA discovery reveals genetic history

Mummy genome data has been extracted for the first time. The study says mummies' closest ancient relatives are in the Near East and Europe. Modern Egyptians have developed a greater amount of sub-Saharan DNA.

Humanity

Exploring the Great Cultures of Early Civilization

Archaeologists study humans and human behaviors. The data they produce helps us understand the past, present, and future. The time lines they study …

Humanity

Here We Go Again: Why They Are Wrong About The Aryan Migration Debate This Time As Well

Joseph has allowed his bias towards the migration theory get the better of his journalistic standards.

Humanity

New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australia

The pōhutukawa, a species of myrtle that erupts with fiery crimson flowers during warm weather, is one of New Zealand’s most iconic trees. Because it …

Australian Universities

Genetic evidence for the spread of Indo-Aryan languages

My own investigations on the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age peoples of Eastern Central Asia (ECA) began essentially as a genetics cum linguistics …

Humanity

10 Recent Weapon Discoveries That Add To Archaeology

Weaponry has been with mankind ever since the first human ancestor picked up a rock. Throughout history, it remained one of the most actively …

Archaeology

DNA dating back 9,000 years shows how domesticated cats spread throughout ancient world

Print<p><b>Malcolm Ritter</b><p>NEW YORK — Long before cats became the darlings of Facebook and YouTube, they spread through the ancient human world.<p>A DNA study …

Humanity

DNA Points to Multiple Migrations into the Americas

For more than ten thousand years, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nations people have lived along the Northwest coast of North America. Now, ancient …

Humanity

Bone-sniffing dogs will search for Amelia Earhart's remains on remote island

A group of researchers plan to use bone-sniffing dogs in search of human remains that could prove whether Amelia Earhart died a castaway on a remote island in the Pacific.<p>The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) along with four human-remains-detection dogs, will journey to …

Aviation

Propagandizing the Aryan Invasion Debate: A Rebuttal to Tony Joseph

On 16 June 2017, an article appeared on the Hindu titled “How genetics is settling the Aryan migration debate” by Tony Joseph. This article claims …

Archaeologists have found proof that an ancient Chinese dynasty used foreign slaves

New archaeological techniques capable of analyzing the diet of our ancestors by studying the isotope composition of their bone mass are offering fresh insights into the dynamics of ancient societies. For example, a group of archeologists was able to read the ancient diet of girls from remains found …

Archaeology

She-devils on horseback: in search of the fabled Amazons

The ancient Greeks shuddered at the thought of man-eating viragos. But there’s little evidence that they ever existed<p>Rumour will run wild about a society of warrior women, somehow free from the world of men. We all feel we know the Amazons, even if we struggle to connect them with the planet’s …

Ancient History

Photographer Spends 6 Months Traveling Alone to Photograph Siberia’s Indigenous People

For the past 9 years, photographer Alexander Khimushin has been traveling the world, visiting 84 different countries. Three years ago, inspired by the idea of documenting remote cultures that are slowly disappearing due to globalization, he began his <i>The World in Faces</i> project. Seeking out small, …

Photography

When Did People Start Using Money?

<i>This article was originally published at</i> <i>The Conversation.</i> <i>The publication contributed the article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Cool Stuff

Ancient DNA reveals how cats conquered the world

Scientists have shown the origins of today's popular ‘tabby’ cat.<p>Humans may have had pet cats for as long as 9,500 years. In 2004, archaeologists in …

Humanity

Where Did Indians’ Ancient Ancestors Come From? The Indo-Aryan Migration Debate Rages Once More

Map of Indo-European migrations. Image by Joshua Jonathan via Wikimedia Commons. CC BY SA 4.0Indo-Aryan migration theory, a controversy for the ages, …

Humanity

Sidedoor: ep. 1 | if these bones could talk| Smithsonian Institution

Explorer, scholar, and 19th-century darling Robert Kennicott seemed destined to lead a full and adventurous life. Then, at the age of 30 on an …

Smithsonian

10 Vicious Tribes That Practiced Head-Hunting

Head-hunting is known as the practice of taking or preserving the head of a person after killing that person for a ritual and ceremonial purpose. …

List-Worthy

The colonial history behind the Governor General’s “quote-Indigenous-people-unquote” comments – VICE News

By Justin Ling on Jun 20, 2017<p>When the Governor of General of Canada decided to refer to Indigenous people as “immigrants as well” last week, he stepped into a deluge of criticism, for which he promptly apologized on Monday.<p>But the glib remarks from David Johnston, who represents the Crown in …

Humanity

Decorated snail shell in a cave in Iraq could be evidence of Paleolithic bling

Our excavations at Shanidar Cave in north-eastern Iraq have produced a tiny shell plaque which was made by the first modern people in the region. …

Archaeology

Ancient skulls shed light on migration in the Roman empire

NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY—Skeletal evidence shows that, hundreds of years after the Roman Republic conquered most of the Mediterranean world, …

Humanity

A dinosaur tooth discovered in Appalachia suggests big horned dinosaurs may have lived in the eastern US

Some dinosaur discoveries get coverage equal in size to the animal’s stature. The announcement of “The Titanosaur”, currently looming over visitors to the American Museum of Natural History, was impossible to miss, and just about anything involving <i>Tyrannosaurus rex</i> is going to be crowed by …

Dinosaurs

Governor General David Johnston Would Like To Clarify That Indigenous People Are Not Immigrants

Johnston told a CBC interviewer that even "quote, Indigenous people, unquote" are immigrants.<p>Posted on June 19, 2017, 17:51 GMT<p>Canada's Governor General, David Johnston, has apologized for calling Indigenous peoples in Canada "immigrants."<p>Fred Chartrand / THE CANADIAN PRESS<p>Johnston made the bizarre …

Humanity

Quest for Clues to Humanity's First Fires

Each summer, archaeologist Sarah Hlubik treks rutted dirt tracks to a dry riverbed in Kenya, following, approximately, in the footsteps of ancient …

Humanity

Cat domestication: From farms to sofas

Altmetric: 64<p>Views: 2,412<p>More detail<p>Video<p>Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. But they haven’t spent the last ten …

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