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Ancient DNA Maps Early American Migrations in New Detail
Ashley Yeager | Nov 8, 2018
Genetic information from dozens of individuals living 700 to 10,000 years ago reveals connections between Clovis and Native Americans and South Americans.
Cranial Craters, 1000-1250
Sukanya Charuchandra | Nov 1, 2018
Prehistoric Andeans seemed especially fond of trepanation—holes drilled in the skull as a treatment for various ills.
Why Are Modern Humans Relatively Browless?
Jim Daley | Jul 1, 2018
The function of early hominins’ enlarged brow ridges, and their reduction in size in
, have puzzled paleoanthropologists for decades.
Image of the Day: Ice Age Horse
Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 29, 2017
Scientists have identified a new genus of extinct horse that lived in North America during the last ice age.
Image of the Day: No Table Manners
Staff | Aug 24, 2017
Ancient bones of the newly described toothless, stout-nosed dolphin
suggest that it slurped its food.
When the Neanderthals Disappeared
Anna Azvolinsky | Aug 20, 2014
Analysis of 40 European archaeological sites suggests a gradual extinction of Neanderthals over thousands of years.
Skull Collection Helps Explain Early Neanderthal Evolution
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 19, 2014
An examination of 17 ancient skulls shows that some Neanderthal features arose as far back as 430,000 years ago.
A Hole in the Head
Abby Olena | Sep 30, 2013
Scientists show that the position of the foramen magnum, the hole in the skull through which the spine connects to the brain, is correlated with locomotion and posture in mammals.
Megan Scudellari | Jun 16, 2011
A new study finds that Stephen J. Gould's criticisms of another scientist's data was misplaced, and the eminent biologist and historian succumbed to data bias himself.