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Neanderthals ate mussels, fish, and seals too
University of Göttingen

Over 80,000 years ago, Neanderthals were already feeding themselves regularly on mussels, fish and other marine life.

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Newswise: Teeth Serve as “Archive of Life,” New Research Finds
20-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Teeth Serve as “Archive of Life,” New Research Finds
New York University

Teeth constitute a permanent and faithful biological archive of the entirety of the individual’s life, from tooth formation to death, a team of researchers has found. Its work provides new evidence of the impact that events, such as reproduction and imprisonment, have on an organism.

Newswise: Maize, not metal, key to native settlements’ history in NY
Released: 19-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EDT
Maize, not metal, key to native settlements’ history in NY
Cornell University

New Cornell University research is producing a more accurate historical timeline for the occupation of Native American sites in upstate New York, based on radiocarbon dating of organic materials and statistical modeling.

Released: 18-Mar-2020 2:30 PM EDT
Fine-tuning radiocarbon dating could ‘rewrite’ ancient events
Cornell University

A new paper led by Cornell University points out the need for an important new refinement to the technique. The outcomes of his study, published March 18 in Science Advances, have relevance for understanding key dates in Mediterranean history and prehistory, including the tomb of Tutankhamen and a controversial but important volcanic eruption on the Greek island of Santorini.

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Released: 17-Mar-2020 11:05 AM EDT
'Little Foot' skull reveals how this more than 3 million year old human ancestor lived
University of the Witwatersrand

High-resolution micro-CT scanning of the skull of the fossil specimen known as "Little Foot" has revealed some aspects of how this Australopithecus species used to live more than 3 million years ago.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EDT
Tang Dynasty noblewoman buried with her donkeys, for the love of polo
Washington University in St. Louis

A noblewoman from Imperial China enjoyed playing polo on donkeys so much she had her steeds buried with her so she could keep doing it in the afterlife, archaeologists found. This discovery by a team that includes Fiona Marshall, the James W. and Jean L. Davis Professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, is published March 17 in the journal Antiquity. The research provides the first physical evidence of donkey polo in Imperial China, which previously was only known from historical texts. It also sheds light on the role for donkeys in the lives of high status women in that period.

Newswise: Bronze Age diet and farming strategy reconstructed using integrative carbon/nitrogen isotope analysis
5-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EST
Bronze Age diet and farming strategy reconstructed using integrative carbon/nitrogen isotope analysis

Isotope analysis of two Bronze Age El Algar sites in present-day south-eastern Spain provides a integrated picture of diets and farming strategies, according to a study published March 11, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Corina Knipper from the Curt Engelhorn Center for Archaeometry, Germany, and colleagues.

5-Mar-2020 2:10 PM EST
Stone-age 'likes': Study establishes eggshell beads exchanged over 30,000 years
University of Michigan

A clump of grass grows on an outcrop of shale 33,000 years ago. An ostrich pecks at the grass, and atoms taken up from the shale and into the grass become part of the eggshell the ostrich lays.

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