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Article ID: 705720

Anchor discovery provides clues in the search for the Lost Ships of Cortés

Texas State University

Nearly five hundred years later, the fleet’s final resting place remains undiscovered. But an international collaboration of underwater archaeologists is conducting the first modern-day search for the scuttled vessels, as well as 16 others that Cortés sank a year later.

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20-Dec-2018 9:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 705736

Spectacular flying reptiles soared over Britain's tropical Jurassic past

University of Portsmouth

Spectacular flying reptiles armed with long teeth and claws which once dominated the skies have been rediscovered, thanks a palaeontology student’s PhD research.

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20-Dec-2018 4:05 AM EST
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Article ID: 705400

Ankylosaurs likely regulated body temperature with elaborate nasal passages

PLOS

Ankylosaurs likely regulated their body temperature with convoluted nasal passages that acted as heat exchangers between air and body, according to a study published December 19, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Jason Bourke from Ohio University, USA, and colleagues.

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13-Dec-2018 9:45 AM EST
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Article ID: 705569

Satellite data expose looting

University of Bern

Globally archaeological heritage is under threat by looting. The destruction of archaeological sites obliterates the basis for our understanding of ancient cultures and we lose our shared human past. Research at University of Bern shows that satellite data provide a mean to monitor the destruction of archaeological sites. It is now possible to understand activities by looters in remote regions and take measures to protect the sites.

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17-Dec-2018 1:45 PM EST

Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 705532

Clovis People Spread to Central and South America, then Vanished

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Scientists have found DNA evidence for the southward migration of the people who spread the so-called Clovis culture of North America. But starting about 9,000 years ago, these people were replaced by a distinct population.

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17-Dec-2018 12:05 PM EST
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Article ID: 705410

You are what you eat: High dietary versatility characteristic for early hominins

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum

To eat what grows locally – today’s dietary trend was every day’s practice for prehistoric humans. Studying fossil tooth enamel, German researchers from the Senckenberg research institutes and Goethe University Frankfurt discovered that the early hominins Homo rudolfensis and the so-called Nutcracker Man, Paranthropus boisei, who both lived around 2.4 million years ago in Malawi, were surprisingly adaptable and changed their diet according to the availability of regional resources. Being this versatile contributed to their ability to thrive in different environments. The new findings from southeastern Africa close a significant gap in our knowledge, according to the researchers’ paper just published in "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA".

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13-Dec-2018 11:20 AM EST

Arts and Humanities

Article ID: 705321

Earliest Discovery of Clove and Pepper From Ancient South Asia

University College London

A team of archaeologists from UCL have discovered the first empirical evidence of cloves and black pepper to have been found in Sri Lanka, suggesting that exotic spice trade in the region dates back to as early as 600 AD.

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12-Dec-2018 10:05 AM EST

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Article ID: 705134

We Are Not Hardwired to Go to War

Rutgers University

Anthropology professor R. Brian Ferguson's new research counters what many scientists and scholars have long believed: that brutal, bloodthirsty behavior is part of our DNA. Ferguson argues, however, that there is no scientific proof that we have an inherent propensity to take up arms and collectively kill.

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7-Dec-2018 2:05 PM EST

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 705055

An ancient strain of plague may have led to the decline of Neolithic Europeans

Cell Press

A team of researchers from France, Sweden, and Denmark have identified a new strain of Yersinia pestis, the bacteria that causes plague, in DNA extracted from 5,000-year-old human remains. Their analyses, publishing December 6 in the journal Cell, suggest that this strain is the closest ever identified to the genetic origin of plague.

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6-Dec-2018 12:45 PM EST

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