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Ancient and Modern Cities Aren't So Different

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Despite notable differences in appearance and governance, ancient human settlements function in much the same way as modern cities, according to new findings by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and the University of Colorado Boulder.
19-Feb-2015 2:00 PM EST

Tracing Languages Back to Their Common Ancestors Through the Statistics of Sound Shifts

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A statistical technique that sorts out when changes to words’ pronunciations most likely occurred in the evolution of a language offers a renewed opportunity to trace words and languages back to their earliest common ancestor or ancestors.
19-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

Patient Parenting: Sharing of Food Across Generations Contributes to Humans' Long Life Histories

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A new Santa Fe Institute study by Paul Hooper and collaborators details the intergenerational food sharing in a society of Amazon forager-farmers and shows that differences in relative need determine contributions to children from parents,...
11-Feb-2015 11:00 AM EST

David Krakauer Selected as the Santa Fe Institute's Next President

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David Krakauer, an evolutionary theorist and director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been selected as the Santa Fe Institute’s next president. He plans to join the Institute on August 1, 2015.
17-Dec-2014 7:00 AM EST

Indigenous Societies' 'First Contact' Typically Brings Collapse, but Rebounds Are Possible

An analysis led by the Santa Fe Institute's Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of the experiences of indigenous societies following contact with Western Europeans, but also offers hope to those seeking to preserve Brazil’s remaining indigenous...
3-Apr-2014 10:40 AM EDT

Ancient Food Webs Developed Modern Structure Soon After Mass Extinction

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Analysis of a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 species from a 48 million year old ecosystem provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs.
19-Mar-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Great Exaptations: Most Traits Emerge for No Crucial Reason

In Nature this week, Santa Fe Institute External Professor Andreas Wagner and University of Zurich colleague Aditya Barve, by simulating changes in an organism’s metabolism, show that most traits may emerge as non-crucial "exaptations" rather than...
15-Jul-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Does Including Parasites Upset Food Web Theory? Yes and No, Says New Paper

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A new paper in PLOS Biology this week shows that taking the unusual step of including parasites in ecological datasets does alter the structure of resulting food webs, but that's mostly due to an increase in diversity and complexity rather than the...
14-Jun-2013 1:10 PM EDT

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