human evolution

This week in anthropology, bioanthropology, bioarchaeology, and archaeology

Scientists find that Neanderthals were not less intelligent than modern humans 

DNA tests can trace your ancestral origins back 1000 years 

Interactions between humans and scavengers have been decisive in human evolution 

Dmanisi “single species” claim draws criticism among paleoanthropologists 

Study shows that white, male professors more likely to respond to other white, male emails than females and minorities 

Sa Huynh site discovered in the Quang Nam providence, China 

Excavations in Nashville Zoo reveal Native American remains 

Archaeologists search for ancient temples and pyramids in Sudan 

Stone darts and dismembered bodies shows 5000 years of violence among Central California Native Americans 

What happens when an orangutan and the slow loris meet 

Who majors in anthropology? This infograph reveals that many successful people did! 

The war over science continues in Congress, Republicans trying to push out scientists from peer reviewing 

Desert geoglyphs in the Chincha Valley, Peru, made by Paracas culture to help point travelers to settlements, possible divided by ethnic and kin groups 

A caring graduate advisor is the key to whether or not a graduate student thrives 

Why do scientists ignore female genitalia and sexual reproduction? 

New center in Arizona helps identify remains of people who attempted to cross the US-Mexican border

Archaeologists find 5600 year old tomb in Hierakonpolis, Egypt

 

Excavations unearth Roman basilica in Bursa, Turkey

Looters destroy tomb in southern Turkey

Researchers find chimpanzee have distinct, individual behaviors, similar to humans 

A look at the Penan hunter-gratherers of the Sarawak rainforest, Borneo 

Inca culture in the Sacred Valley includes sites Pisac, Ollantaytambo, Urubamba, and Moray, Peru

Scientists examine carbon atoms found in mummies reveals vegetarian diet among ancient Egyptians

Black death skeleton reveals harsh life of 14-century Londoners

Rice theory: Why Eastern cultures are more cooperative, see also New Scientist 

Ramesside tomb of Egypt’s royal ambasador discovered at Saqqara, osteological remains reveal individual died suddenly at young age 

Someone had to build Qin Shihuang’a terra-cotta army, archaeologists just found their grave, China

This week in anthropology, bioanthropology, bioarchaeology, archaeology, and primatology

Replica of King Tut’s tomb almost complete in Luxor, Egypt

New findings in Rome make archaeologists’ believe city older than previously thought

Mummies with copper masks uncovered in Siberian Arctic 

Study suggests that Neanderthals and Cro-Magons did not coincide on Iberian peninsula 

Body modification practices in Omo Valley, Ethiopia 

Looting in Peru is more common now than in the Spanish colonial era 

How human culture influences our genes 

Archaeologists find 21 remains of German soldiers in WWI shelter 

New chemical tests planned for Bronze Age “Racton Man” 

An illustrated guide to a PhD

Tests on Chilean mummies suggests arsenic poisoning

Sacrificial and common graves reveal diversity in ancient city of Cahokia 

Unwrapping Ancient Egypt, practices of collecting and displaying of Egyptian materials, especially mummies 

China’s terra cotta warrior army heading to Indiana 

Scurvy, a Vitamin C deficiency, common in Columbus colony in La Isabela, Santo Domingo 

Orangoutang shot by poachers, has wounds attended to 

Epigenetics help explain early human appearance 

Why humans get autism and Neanderthals didn’t 

Giving animal cute names can help save species, Jane Goodall explains 

DNA tests begin on King Canute, UK 

Chimpanzees are very picky about where they sleep 

Vampire burial in Venice 

Physical impacts on skull shape of Trail of Tears and Civil War on Native Americans 

Jared Diamond, we could be living in a Stone Age by 2114

How do we explain the evolution of religion?

Has human evolution been propelled by war?

This week in anthropology, archaeology, bioarchaeology, bioanthropology news

Skull of homo erectus throws story of human evolution into disarray 

9 Things you won’t see on display at the American Museum of Natural History 

AAA president defends social science research at NSF 

20 things you didn’t know about hoaxes 

Mausoleum go Augustus to be Restored, Rome 

Evolution of Irrationality in humans, learning from primates 

Pros and cons (and costs!) of taking your graduate studies abroad 

Tomb with pyramid entrance excavated in Egypt 

Looted bone boxes recovered in Jerusalem 

Maya skulls show evidence of wooden-club warfare 

Harvard discovered books bound with human flesh in library 

Illustrated story teaches kids natural selection 

Exhumed bones from Franco period bring crimes of Spanish dictatorship back to surface 

Traumatic skull injuries show that Maya used spiked clubs 

Byzantine monks used asbestos in wall frescos 

Byzantine mosaics uncovered in Israel 

Visit Angkor Wat using Good street view 

Things I wish I had known before beginning my Masters 

Jane Goodall celebrates her 80th birthday this week

Why anthropologists join an ebola outbreak team

10 reasons why everyone should love Jane Goodall 

Neanderthals genetic legacy among modern Europeans and Asians

Prehistoric artifacts found in Nashville ball park 

Tunisia returns stolen Mask of Gorgon to Algeria 

Early humans and saber-tooth cats co-existed 300,000 years ago 

New evidence exonerates rats as bearers of Black Death 

Did modern humans get fat from Neanderthals? Europeans have three times more Neanderthal variants in genes involved in lipid catabolism than Asians and Africans 

(a) Schematic representation of genomic distance calculations between contemporary human populations and Neanderthals. The genomes of out-of-Africa individuals were compared with the genomes of individuals of purely African ancestry (YRI). Single nucleotide differences from the Neanderthal genotype in an African genome were referred to as ‘ABBA’, while sites with the Neanderthal genotype in an out-of-Africa genome were referred to as ‘BABA’. (b) Average proportions of NLS in contemporary African (AF), European (EU) and Asian (AS) populations calculated based on sequence data from the 1,000 genomes project13; blue: genome wide (n=1,158,559 sites), red: LCP genes (n=498 sites). The error bars show the s.d. of the NLS proportion estimates. (c) Genomic distances between 11 contemporary human populations and Neanderthals; blue, genome wide; red, LCP genes. The maximal bar length corresponds to a NLS frequency of 30%. Placement of ASW and CEU individuals in sub-Saharan Africa and Western Europe, respectively, reflects their approximate historical geographical origins rather than their present location [Credit: Nature Communications, doi:10.1038/ncomms4584] Read more at: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/04/did-europeans-get-fat-from-neanderthals.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TheArchaeologyNewsNetwork+%28The+Archaeology+News+Network%29#.Uz9yw1yRJg2 Follow us: @ArchaeoNewsNet on Twitter | groups/thearchaeologynewsnetwork/ on Facebook

Sensors and satellites deployed to save Pompeii 

Ancient nomads spread earliest domestic grain over Silk Road 

Developers destroy Roman wall in UK 

Homo is the only primate whose tooth size decreases as its brain size increases 

Indigenous societies’ “first contact” typically brings collapse, but rebounds are possible  

This week in Anthropology, Forensics, Biological Anthropology, and Primatology

Shifting evolution into reverse promises cheaper, greener way to make new drugs

If humans used animal mating rituals

Peru has recovered over 8000 stolen cultural artifacts in the last seven years 

Spanish potsherds evidence of battle between Spanish and Native Americans on Great Plains 

Early Roman irrigation system uncovered in Britain 

10 oldest diseases like smallpox, cholera, and pneumonia 

Science compared every diet and the winner is no one 

UNESCO praises Peru’s work in combating illicit artifacts trade   

Tattoo discovered on ancient Egyptian mummy 

Scientists digitally unwrap mummy of Egyptian priest Neswaiu

Skull tower, a monument built along the road to Constantinople, served as a warning to anyone rising against the Ottoman Empire

Forensic anthropologist in El Salvador excavates and identifies victims of gang murders 

Shipwrecks archaeologists would love to find, from the Minoans to a shipwrecked Egyptian pharaoh 

Egyptian wine grape guard’s contract decoded   

Centuries-old grills of ancient BBQ lovers founding Turkey  

In Borneo, archaeologists are discovering vessels called “dragon jars” that sometimes contain bones of the dead 

Emperor Claudius dressed as pharaoh in newly uncovered carving 

The last taboo: what makes male humans and chimpanzees power hungry 

Quinnipiac students help investigate a possible Santeria ritual

Hey person in photo, that is not a right femur, why people need osteologists

Women in prehistory, who made this hand impression? 

Pre-Inca tomb discovered under the house of writer Mario Vargas Llosa  

Medical first: 3-D Printed skull successfully planted in woman 

Discoveries challenge beliefs on human arrival in the Americas 

Black death was airborne, not spread by fleas, research says 

Alaska’s real life “Bones” scientists puzzles out violence in ancient societies 

DNA sequencing of human remains paints a complicated picture of human evolution