Wasp nests reveal the age of ancient Aboriginal rock art

The pigment in Gwion Gwion style rock art makes radiocarbon dating impossible. Instead, researchers used mud wasp nests to date the paintings.

U. Melbourne | Feb. 14, 2020 | futurity
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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 | Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

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Tool detects maize cooking in archaeological record

There's now have a way to detect a crucial cooking process in the archaeological record: the nixtamalization of maize.

Shelly Leachman-UCSB | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
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These ‘lost crops’ could have rivaled corn

Experimental cultivation of the "lost crops" goosefoot and erect knotweed suggests they could have once fed as many indigenous people as maize.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
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Coerced sterilization of Native women occurred in the 70s

In the 1970s, 25 to 42% of Native American women of childbearing age underwent sterilizations, often without consent or under duress.

Sandra Knispel-U. Rochester | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

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Climate change will make California wildfires even worse

Climate has been a major driver for wildfire severity in California's Sierra Nevada region, which also means that future climate change will drive

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Oct. 8, 2019 | futurity
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Native approach to controlled burns has multiple benefits

"We must have fire in order to continue the traditions of our people. There is such a thing as good fire."

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Aug. 28, 2019 | futurity
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Inuit group in Canada’s Arctic are genetically distinct

The Nunavik Inuit in Canada are genetically distinct from all other known groups, a new study finds. Some variations put the group at risk of brain aneurysm.

McGill University | July 24, 2019 | futurity
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An ancient person ate a whole rattlesnake. Why?

An entire rattlesnake turned up in a coprolite, or fossilized feces. Here are two potential explanations.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | April 26, 2019 | futurity
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What Disney and others get wrong about Pocahontas

Who was Pocahontas? Not the "human ad" for the Virginia colony, the chaste savior of John Smith, or the Disney princess, a new book shows.

Eileen Reynolds-NYU | April 1, 2019 | futurity
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