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Jamestown Settlers Practiced Cannibalism

By | May 2, 2013

Newly discovered remains provide the first hard evidence that the ill-fated colonists of the 17th century resorted to eating human flesh when their food supply ran out.

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Ancient Appearances

By | May 1, 2013

A new DNA assay developed by forensic scientists helps archaeologists reconstruct eye and hair color from old teeth and bones.

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Contributors

By | April 1, 2013

Meet some of the people featured in the April 2013 issue of The Scientist.

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Coral Clocks

By | March 1, 2013

Uranium dating of coral tools used by the earliest settlers of the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga offers unprecedented precision in reconstructing their history.

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Braking for Whales

By | February 19, 2013

Fossils of four new cetacean species have been discovered at a road construction site in California.

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The Spoils of War

By | February 1, 2013

Researchers read the marks of intense warfare and conquest in the genes of ancient native North Americans.

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Mummy's Little Secret

By | November 1, 2012

Preserved remains from the Andes yield clues about infectious diseases.

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Pneu-mummy-a

By | November 1, 2012

Comparing the protein profile of a 500-year-old Inca mummy to modern humans reveals an active lung infection prior to sacrifice.  

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Refining Carbon Dating

By | October 18, 2012

Japanese lake sediments will help archaeologists better estimate the dates of artifacts and past events.

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Bones Won’t Be Buried Yet

By | May 10, 2012

Two 9,000-year-old skeletons will be held by University of California, San Diego, officials—rather than turned over to American Indians for reburial—until a lawsuit is settled.

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