Bering Strait
27 Jul 2015

Past and present genomes tell the story of Native American biological origins

The first human inhabitants of the Americas lived in a time thousands of years before the first written records, and the story of their transcontinental migration is the subject of ongoing debate and active research.

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vikin1
27 Jul 2015

New research on the causes of the Viking Age

The Viking hit-and-run raids on monastic communities such as Lindisfarne and Iona were the most infamous result of burgeoning Scandinavian maritime prowess in the closing years of the Eighth Century.

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Reconstruction of Tetraphodophis eating an olindalacerta (salamander) by James Brown/UOP
27 Jul 2015

Four-legged snake fossil found

An “absolutely exquisite” fossil of a snake that had four legs has been discovered by a team of scientists and may help show how snakes made the transition from lizards to serpents.

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Diana Udel, UM Rosenstiel School Communications Office
27 Jul 2015

Abrupt climate change may have rocked the cradle of civilisation

New research reveals that some of the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent may have been affected by abrupt climate change. These findings show that while socio-economic factors were traditionally considered to shape ancient human societies in this region, the influence of abrupt climate change should

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Credit: Photo Julien Soubrier
27 Jul 2015

What killed off the megafauna?

Rapid phases of warming climate played a greater role in the extinction of megafauna in the Late Pleistocene than did human activity, a new study shows.

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CREDIT: PHOTO KIEREN MITCHELL, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
27 Jul 2015

Mammoths killed by abrupt climate change

New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in mass extinction events of large animals, the megafauna, in Earth’s past.

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QURAN1
22 Jul 2015

Qur’an manuscript dated among the oldest in the world

A Qur’an manuscript held by the University of Birmingham has been placed among the oldest in the world thanks to modern scientific methods.

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Credit : Investigación y Desarrollo
22 Jul 2015

Deciphering of Mayan glyph

Deciphering of Mayan glyph, the finding provides a leap in understanding this culture.

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EARTH1
22 Jul 2015

Why we live on Earth and not Venus

Compared to its celestial neighbours Venus and Mars, Earth is a pretty habitable place. So how did we get so lucky? A new study sheds light on the improbable evolutionary path that enabled Earth to sustain life.

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chimp1
22 Jul 2015

New evidence of cultural diversification between neighboring chimpanzee communities

For centuries it has been thought that culture is what distinguishes humans from other animals, but over the past decade this idea has been repeatedly called into question.

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COAL
21 Jul 2015

Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating artefacts that are hundreds of years old

Carbon released by burning fossil fuels is diluting radioactive carbon-14 and artificially raising the radiocarbon ‘age’ of the atmosphere.

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CREDIT: ARTWORK BY SUSSI BECH
21 Jul 2015

The population history of Native Americans

There is archaeological evidence of modern humans in the Americas by ca. 15 thousand years ago (KYA). However, there is still debate over exactly when and how many times the ancestors of present-day Native Americans entered the New World from Siberia.

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