Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa
Ancient Beads Point to Far-Flung Relationships in Southern Africa

An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.

An isotopic analysis of eggshell beads dating back more than 30,000 years indicates that they helped build networks that stretched for hundreds of kilometers.

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Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Skulls from the Yucatán Peninsula a Clue to Early American Settlers
Alejandra Manjarrez | Apr 7, 2020
The crania of individuals who lived in the Yucatán Peninsula during the late Pleistocene show a high degree of anatomical diversity among them, and their skull shapes differ from that of other North American populations of the time.
Africans Have More Neanderthal DNA than Previously Thought
Africans Have More Neanderthal DNA than Previously Thought
Jef Akst | Jan 30, 2020
A new analysis of more than 2,500 human genomes indicates that modern Eurasians who acquired Neanderthal DNA during past interbreeding migrated back to Africa and spread those sequences.
Caution Urged for Comparing Ancient and Modern Humans’ Oral Microbes
Caution Urged for Comparing Ancient and Modern Humans’ Oral Microbes
Alejandra Manjarrez | Aug 7, 2019
Microbial species that are commonly associated with oral diseases in modern humans are unreliable proxies for determining tooth health status in ancient samples, a new study finds.
Image of the Day: Stale Cereal
Image of the Day: Stale Cereal
Chia-Yi Hou | Jun 10, 2019
Archaeologists find ring-shaped objects made from grains at a site in Austria thought to date back to 960 BCE.
New Species of Human, <em>Homo</em> <em>luzonensis,</em> Identified in the Philippines
New Species of Human, Homo luzonensis, Identified in the Philippines
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 10, 2019
Thirteen hominin bones found in a cave are so unique that archaeologists have determined they stem from a distinct hominin species, although others question whether the researchers have enough evidence.
Modern Human Activities Muddle Analyses of Prehistoric Migrations
Modern Human Activities Muddle Analyses of Prehistoric Migrations
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 22, 2019
Agriculture and other land uses can distort the levels of an earth mineral marker used to map the origins and movements of ancient humans and animals, a new study finds.
What Was Lost in the Fire that Destroyed Brazil&rsquo;s Largest Museum
What Was Lost in the Fire that Destroyed Brazil’s Largest Museum
Marcia Triunfol | Sep 4, 2018
Scientists work to help relocate colleagues who lost everything.
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Ancient Humans Had Hepatitis B
Abby Olena | May 9, 2018
Analyses of more than 300 ancient human genomes show that Hepatitis B virus has infected humans for at least 4,500 years and has much older origins than modern viral genomes would suggest.
Image of the Day: Pleistocene Footprints
Image of the Day: Pleistocene Footprints
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 29, 2018
Researchers find impressions left by a human some 13,000 years ago in British Columbia.