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We make the environments we adapt to

Distribution of malaria in Italy, 1944 (Wikicommons). Malaria used to be common in parts of Italy, particularly Sardinia. Gene-culture coevolution seems to be attracting more interest. According to Google Scholar, this term is appearing...Show More Summary

Thoughts on the Italian election

Matteo Salvini - leader of Lega and the center-right coalition (Wikicommons) What do I think of the Italian election results? How well do they bear out the predictions I made last November? In some ways, the nationalists did better than I expected, and in some ways worse. Show More Summary

New insights into the origin of elongated heads in early medieval Germany

The transition from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages in Europe is marked by two key events in European history, i.e., the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the migration into this Empire by various barbarian tribes such as the Goths,...Show More Summary

Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, new study reveals

They have an unwarranted image as brutish and uncaring, but new research has revealed just how knowledgeable and effective Neanderthal healthcare was. The post Compassion helped Neanderthals to survive, new study reveals appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.

Some cool bone tools from an ancient Chinese site

Today’s reminder that stone tools are not all that matter in human behavior: “Discovery of circa 115,000-year-old bone retouchers at Lingjing, Henan, China”. Luc Doyon and colleagues document several pieces of bone that were used inShow More Summary

Link: National Geographic looks at its history on race

NPR reports on National Geographic’s new issue devoted to the topic of race, and the way that the organization has examined its own history: “‘National Geographic’ Reckons With Its Past: ‘For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist’” I found...Show More Summary

Why universal human rights aren't universal

Jean Piaget (1896-1980). A renowned Swiss psychologist, he argued that moral development is linked to cognitive development. Are intelligence and morality interlinked? This was what Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget concluded from his studies of child development. Show More Summary

Link: Archaeomagnetism in Iron Age contexts in southern Africa

Michael Greshko in National Geographic has written a neat story about the hunt for southern hemisphere records of Earth’s magnetic field: “What Ancient African Huts Reveal About Earth’s Magnetic Flips”. To study the last few millennia—younger...Show More Summary

Link: Why are captive gorillas getting heart disease?

The Atlantic has a wonderful long-read story by Krista Langlois looking into the heart health of captive male gorillas in the U.S.: “Something Mysterious Is Killing Captive Gorillas”. Like many captive male gorillas, Mokolo suffers from...Show More Summary

Ancient footprints emerge from the coast of South Africa

According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the hominin footprints discovered in South Africa and published last week were discovered by some dedicated avocational paleontologists: “Ancient human footprints discovered by B.C....Show More Summary

How can scientific conferences make more of a difference in the cities where they meet?

I’d like to draw attention to this effort from the American Association for the Advancement of Science to make an impact on local schools where they have their annual meeting: “AAAS Classroom Science Days”. For over 25 years, AAAS has...Show More Summary

Link: Finding identity in an historical photograph

Following on my last post about massive genealogy research, the Globe and Mail has an interesting story about how genealogical and census information allowed researchers to uncover the probable identity of a young girl pictured in aShow More Summary

Link: Interview with Yaniv Erlich and massive human genealogy

The Atlantic has a nice interview with Yaniv Erlich, the geneticist who this week revealed the largest scientific analysis of a single human genealogical tree, including some 13 million people: “The ‘Genome Hacker’ Who Mapped a 13-Million-Person...Show More Summary

New excavations starting at Rising Star, an article pointing to some ways to follow the expedition

Newsweek is running a great story by Meghan Bartels about our renewed excavations in the Rising Star cave over the next month, and the strategies the team is following for sharing its underground progress: “Explore the cave where mysterious human ancestor Homo naledi was discovered in live broadcasts from South Africa”. Show More Summary

Link: Kate Clancy testimony from congressional hearing on sexual harassment

Yesterday, the U.S. Congress conducted a hearing on the topic of sexual harassment in science. Anthropologist Kate Clancy provided testimony at the hearing, and she has now shared her spoken remarks on her blog: “Transcript of my oral...Show More Summary

Hybrid origins of the straight-tusked elephants

Last summer I wrote about sequencing work on the ancient straight-tusked elephant: “Genomes of straight-tusked elephants”. At that time, Matthias Meyer and colleagues had demonstrated that the genomes of two individuals of Palaeoloxodon...Show More Summary

Cheddar Man

Skull of Cheddar Man (Wikicommons) The first modern Britons, who lived about 10,000 years ago, had "dark to black" skin, a groundbreaking DNA analysis of Britain's oldest complete skeleton has revealed. The fossil, known as Cheddar Man, was unearthed more than a century ago in Gough's Cave in Somerset. [...]Show More Summary

An ethnographic look at peer review recommends some big changes in training

Gemma Derrick in Nature: “Take peer pressure out of peer review”. Derrick has done research in the U.K. including direct observation of peer review panels in action. Her Nature essay focuses upon a recent effort to include non-academic voices in grant panels to broaden the representation of the public in funding decisions. Show More Summary

Link: Ancient genome brings light to Taíno ancestry

Lizzie Wade has a news story in Science that provides a review of a new paper by Hannes Schroeder and colleagues, who have sequenced the genome of 1000-year-old skeletal remains from Preacher’s Cave, in the Bahamas. This precontact individual...Show More Summary

Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes

The idea of binding and reshaping a baby's head may make today's parents cringe, but for families in the Andes between 1100-1450, cranial modification was all the rage. The post Infant skull binding shaped identity, inequality in ancient Andes appeared first on HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News.

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