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Hominid, Evolution, meat, Diet, Anthropology, Paleontology, Chimpanzees, Brain

Human Ancestors: More Gatherers Than Hunters?

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Chimpanzees crave roots and tubers even when food is plentiful above ground, according to a new study in PNAS that raises questions about the relative importance of meat for brain evolution.

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Researchers Find Earliest Evidence for Modern Human Behavior in South Africa

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Evidence of early humans living on the coast in South Africa 164,000 years ago, far earlier than previously documented, is being reported by a paleoanthropologist with the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University.

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Uncovering Nova Scotia's Hidden History

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PhD student, Cottreau-Robins, is delving into the subject of slavery in post-revolutionary Nova Scotia.

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Neandertal, Neanderthal, Caveman, Anthropology, Science, Higher Education

Living Like a Caveman, If Only for a Meal Helps Students Shatter Neandertal Myths

In St. Lawrence University Associate Professor John Barthelme's anthropology class, "The Neandertals: Fact, Fiction and Fantasy," students make stone-age tools from obsidian, glass found in volcanic rock and used today to make surgical scalpels, and use them to carve up a deer and eat the venison so they better understand how Neandertals lived.

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Human Ancestors More Primitive That Once Thought

A team of researchers, including Herman Pontzer, Ph.D., assistant professor of physical anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis, has determined through analysis of the earliest known hominid fossils outside of Africa, recently discovered in Dmanisi, Georgia, the former Soviet republic, that the first human ancestors to inhabit Eurasia were more primitive than previously thought.

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Writing Was Performance Art on Archaic Greek Pottery

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Whatever the purpose of an inscription, when writing appeared on ancient Greek pottery, it became performance art.

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Bog Mummies Yield Secrets: Prof's Research in National Geographic

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Human remains yield secrets. "Tales from the Bog" in the September 2007 issue of National Geographic magazine uncovers some of those secrets, including those unlocked by NDSU's Dr. Heather Gill-Robinson, assistant professor of anthropology.

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Archaeology, History, Oregon

Oregon Researcher Studying Scottish Home of John Paul Jones

University of Oregon archaeologist Julie M. Schablitsky is off to Scotland to lead an exploratory excavation of the grounds on the boyhood home of John Paul Jones, while her husband continues his North Sea search for the lost ship of one of the fathers of the U.S. Navy.

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Ancient Footprint Uncovered at Hippos (Sussita) Dig

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Archaeologists have discovered a footprint made by the sandal of a Roman soldier in a wall surrounding the Hellenistic-Roman city of Hippos (Sussita), east of the Sea of Galilee. The footprint was discovered during this eighth season of excavation, led by Prof. Arthur Segal from the Zinman Institute of Archaeology at the University of Haifa in conjunction with archaeologists from the Polish Academy of Sciences and Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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U.S.-Cuban Dig Seeks Insight into People Columbus Encountered

Researchers in an ongoing U.S.-Cuban archaeological expedition are attempting to learn more about the native people Christopher Columbus encountered on his first voyage to the New World. They hope to find evidence of how the site's former residents were affected by the Spanish conquest of Cuba.







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