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Newswise: Recursive Language and Modern Imagination Were Acquired Simultaneously 70,000 Years Ago

Article ID: 717047

Recursive Language and Modern Imagination Were Acquired Simultaneously 70,000 Years Ago

Pensoft Publishers

A genetic mutation that slowed down the development of the prefrontal cortex (PFC) in two or more children may have triggered a cascade of events leading to acquisition of recursive language and modern imagination 70,000 years ago.

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6-Aug-2019 4:30 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Newswise: Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Article ID: 716908

Sometimes You Feel Like a Nut

Washington University in St. Louis

A long-term study of western gorillas in Gabon has revealed an unexpected behavior: they use their teeth to crack open and eat nuts. New research by Adam van Casteren, lecturer in biological anthropology in Arts & Sciences, may have important implications for the way researchers predict the diet of human ancestors based on the shape of their teeth.

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4-Aug-2019 6:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 716839

Human genetic diversity of South America reveals complex history of Amazonia

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

The vast cultural and linguistic diversity of Latin American countries is still far from being fully represented by genetic surveys.

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1-Aug-2019 3:05 PM EDT

Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 716624

How humans and chimpanzees travel towards a goal in rainforests

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

The human ranging style is unique among hominoids. The Mbendjele BaYaka people move from camp to camp every few months, and thus have a large lifetime range of approximately 800 square meters.

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30-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 716329

Pottery related to unknown culture was found in Ecuador

Far Eastern Federal University

Archaeologists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU), Institute of Archeology and Ethnography SB RAS (Russia), Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (ESPOL) (Ecuador)

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24-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT

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Newswise: Archaeological Evidence Verifies Long-Doubted Medieval Historical Accounts of First Crusade Conquest

Article ID: 716242

Archaeological Evidence Verifies Long-Doubted Medieval Historical Accounts of First Crusade Conquest

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte-led archaeological dig on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion has been going on for over a decade. This year's findings confirm previously unverified details from nearly thousand-year-old historical accounts of the First Crusade.

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23-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Newswise: Stone tool changes could reveal how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate
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    17-Jul-2019 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 715637

Stone tool changes could reveal how Mesolithic hunter-gatherers responded to changing climate

PLOS

The development of new hunting projectiles by European hunter-gatherers during the Mesolithic may have been linked to territoriality in a rapidly-changing climate.

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11-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Newswise: Long live the long-limbed African chicken

Article ID: 715864

Long live the long-limbed African chicken

Washington University in St. Louis

Pick your chicken wisely. The choice could make or break your marriage. For generations, household farmers in the Horn of Africa have selectively chosen chickens with certain traits that make them more appealing. Some choices are driven by the farmers’ traditional courtship rituals; others are guided by more mundane concerns, such as taste and disease resistance.

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16-Jul-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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    15-Jul-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 715586

Early Human Species’ Teeth Provide Insight Into Evolution of Breastfeeding

Mount Sinai Health System

Mount Sinai researchers working as part of an international team have discovered previously unknown breastfeeding patterns of an extinct early human species by studying their 2-million-year-old teeth, providing insights into the evolution of human breastfeeding practices, according to a study published in Nature in July.

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10-Jul-2019 4:45 PM EDT
Newswise: Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

Article ID: 715799

Out of Africa and into an archaic human melting pot

University of Adelaide

Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia.

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15-Jul-2019 2:05 AM EDT

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