By studying the DNA of people who lived in East Asia thousands of years ago, scientists are starting to untangle how the region was populated.
Sept. 15, 2020 • ~11 min
Tags: ancient-dna hunter-gatherers china agriculture archaeology genes genomics southeast-asia rice adna siberia paleoanthropology human-migration east-asia hunter-gatherer start-of-agriculture paleogenomics
When did we become fully human? What fossils and DNA tell us about the evolution of modern intelligence
Artefacts suggest a ‘great leap’, a recent evolution of modern intelligence. Fossils and DNA argue that’s an illusion.
Sept. 9, 2020 • ~9 min
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Experts say the tradition of commemorating the dead is "inconceivably macabre" by today's standards.
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Beer was extremely popular in ancient Mesopotamia. Sipped through straws, it differed from today’s beer and was enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Aug. 24, 2020 • ~8 min
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Volunteers at an archaeological dig find 425 coins, enough to buy a mansion when they were buried.
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Fragments of stone engraved with abstract designs are the earliest art in the British Isles.
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The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.
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Star Carr, a prehistoric site near present-day Scarborough, has yielded many important finds.
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The Boxgrove people, like all other human species, were capable of sharing time, care and knowledge in all parts of their life.
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