Ancient DNA shines light on Caribbean history, prehistory

New answers have emerged from the largest genome-wide study to date of ancient human DNA in the Americas.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Dec. 23, 2020 ~12 min

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Team finds fossil iguana nesting burrow in Bahamas

The discovery of a fossil iguana nesting burrow answers questions about the now-endangered lizards.

Carol Clark-Emory • futurity
Dec. 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Archaeologists determined the step-by-step path taken by the first people to settle the Caribbean islands

Did people settle these islands by traveling north from South America, or in the other direction? Reanalyzing data from artifacts discovered decades ago provides a definitive answer.

Scott Fitzpatrick, Professor of Anthropology + Associate Director, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon • conversation
Sept. 29, 2020 ~10 min

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Coral sex: how reproducing species in the lab could be key to restoring reefs in the wild

Sexual reproduction helps keep coral colonies diverse and resilient. Now, scientists are doing it in a lab to restock flagging reefs.

Jenny Mallon, PhD Candidate in Coral Reef Biogeochemistry, University of Glasgow • conversation
Aug. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Coronavirus: a warning to Latin America and the Caribbean to dramatically increase COVID-19 testing

A group of population experts have called on governments in Latin American and the Caribbean to urgently ramp up testing for COVID-19 before it's too late.

Marília R. Nepomuceno, Research Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research • conversation
April 8, 2020 ~6 min

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Skulls rewrite pre-Columbus history of people in the Caribbean

New research with skulls upends ideas about who arrived in the Caribbean when. "We're going to have to reinterpret everything we thought we knew."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
Jan. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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How the first people got to the Caribbean 5,800 years ago

Research finds that the first Caribbean islanders came straight from South America to the northern Caribbean, initially settling Cuba, Hispaniola, and Puerto Rico.

Kristin Strommer-Oregon • futurity
Jan. 7, 2020 ~3 min

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Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean

France has a pollution crisis in the Caribbean caused by toxic chlordecone sprayed on banana crops.

By Laurence Peter • bbcnews
Oct. 24, 2019 ~7 min

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Pilot program lowers blood pressure of migrant workers

A pilot program to address hypertension shows promise in bateyes, rural sugarcane settlements in the Dominican Republic.

Austin Fitzgerald-Missouri • futurity
March 19, 2019 ~3 min

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New cave creature is like a ‘swimming centipede’

Scientific cave divers have discovered at least one new species: another eyeless and colorless remipede.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Jan. 28, 2019 ~5 min

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