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Article ID: 694664

Scientists Analyze First Ancient Human DNA From Southeast Asia

Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School researchers lead the first whole-genome analysis of ancient human DNA from Southeast Asia Study identifies at least three major waves of human migration into the region over the last 50,000 years, each shaping the genetics of Southeast Asia “to a remarkable extent” Findings reveal a complex interplay among archaeology, genetics and language

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Article ID: 694497

Researchers Uncover New Genomic Evidence Linking Extinct Giant Ground Sloth, First Discovered by Charles Darwin, to Small Modern-Day Sloths

McMaster University

Researchers have uncovered important genomic data from the remains of an ancient giant ground sloth, or Mylodon darwinii, the emblematic creature named after Charles Darwin, whose discovery of fossilized remains in South America is considered to be one of his significant scientific achievements.

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Article ID: 693926

Earth’s Orbital Changes Have Influenced Climate, Life Forms For at Least 215 Million Years

Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Every 405,000 years, gravitational tugs from Jupiter and Venus slightly elongate Earth’s orbit, an amazingly consistent pattern that has influenced our planet’s climate for at least 215 million years and allows scientists to more precisely date geological events like the spread of dinosaurs, according to a Rutgers-led study. The findings are published online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Article ID: 694015

Decoding Extinction

Swarthmore College

A new National Science Foundation grant awarded to Professor of Statistics Steve Wang will help him, his students, and a recent alumna decode why the Earth may be entering a modern extinction.

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Article ID: 693560

In Near-Complete Fossil Form, Only Known Kansas Dinosaur Reappears After 100 Million Years

University of Kansas

Silvisaurus condrayi has made a return to the KU Natural History Museum in a new, more complete form, accompanied by an interactive display that includes stunning depictions of the dinosaur and its environs.

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Article ID: 693305

Applying Network Analysis to Natural History

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

By using network analysis to search for communities of marine life in the fossil records of the Paleobiology Database, the team, including researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was able to quantify the ecological impacts of major events like mass extinctions and may help us anticipate the consequences of a “sixth mass extinction.”

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Article ID: 692675

Human-like Walking Mechanics Evolved Before the Genus Homo

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A close examination of 3.6 million year old hominin footprints discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania suggests our ancestors evolved the hallmark trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism substantially earlier than previously thought.

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Article ID: 693051

NYITCOM at A-State Professor Lends Anatomy Expertise to Solve Ancient Mystery

New York Institute of Technology

Scientists have long wondered why the physical traits of Neanderthals, the ancestors of modern humans, differ greatly from today’s man. In particular, researchers have deliberated the factors that necessitated early man’s forward-projecting face and oversized nose. As published in the April 4 edition of The Royal Proceedings Society B, an international research team led by a professor at the University of New England in Australia, with the aid of an anatomy and fluid dynamics expert at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University (NYITCOM at A-State), may have the answer.

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The Skull’s Petrous Bone and What It Can Tell Us About Ancient Humans: Q & A with Genetic Archaeologist David Reich

NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Genetic archaeologist David Reich discusses how DNA retrieved from inch-long bone in the skull has accelerated our understanding of ancient humans.

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