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  • How evolution builds genes from scratch

    10/19/2019 10:19:27 AM PDT · by null and void · 28 replies
    Nature ^ | 16 October 2019 | Adam Levy
    In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to freeze many fish, but the conditions don’t trouble the cod. A protein in its blood and tissues binds to tiny ice crystals and stops them from growing.
  • Discovery of Prehistoric Baby Bottles Shows Infants Were Fed Cow's Milk 5,000 Years Ago

    10/18/2019 6:22:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | September 26, 2019 | Julie Dunne, The Conversation
    ...we did some very delicate drilling to produce enough ceramic powder and then treated it with a chemical technique that extracts molecules called lipids... from the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world and are normally absorbed into the material of the prehistoric pots during cooking, or, in this case, through heating the milk. Luckily, these lipids often survive for thousands of years. We regularly use this technique to find out what sort of food people cooked in their ancient pots. It seems they ate many of the things we eat today, including various types of meat, dairy products,...
  • Prehistoric humans ate bone marrow like canned soup 400,000 years ago...

    10/18/2019 5:09:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 31 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | American Friends of Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv University researchers, in collaboration with scholars from Spain, have uncovered evidence of the storage and delayed consumption of animal bone marrow at Qesem Cave near Tel Aviv, the site of many major discoveries from the late Lower Paleolithic period some 400,000 years ago. The research provides direct evidence that early Paleolithic people saved animal bones for up to nine weeks before feasting on them inside Qesem Cave... The researchers contend that the deer metapodials were kept at the cave covered in skin to facilitate the preservation of marrow for consumption in time of need. The researchers evaluated the...
  • Egypt reveals Tutankhamun's lineage, cause of death

    02/17/2010 5:59:51 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 22 replies · 708+ views
    xinhuanet.com ^ | 2010-02-17 22:50:55
    CAIRO, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- A DNA study shows Egypt's famed King Tutankhamun who suffered from a club foot died of malaria and that his father was the "heretic" king Akhenaten, Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass said on Wednesday. Speaking at a press conference, Hawass said two years of DNA testing and CT scans on Tutankhamun's 3,300-year-old mummy and mummies either known or believed to be members of his immdiate family are helping reveal many of the myths surrounding the boy king's lineage and cause of death. Tutankhamun's father was the "heretic" king, Akhenaten, whose body is now almost certainly...
  • DNA study sheds new light on the people of the Neolithic battle axe culture

    10/14/2019 8:16:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 32 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | October 9, 2019 | Uppsala University
    In 1953, a significant burial site belonging to the Battle Axe Culture was found when constructing a roundabout in Linköping. 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried together with a child, a dog and a rich set of grave goods including one of the eponymous battle axes. "Today, we call this site 'Bergsgraven'. I have been curious about this particular burial for a long time. The collaboration of archaeologists with geneticists allows us to understand more about these people as individuals as well as where their ancestors came from," says archaeogeneticist Helena Malmström of Uppsala University, lead...
  • ‘Frankenstein’ meat grown in petri dish in space in world first

    10/07/2019 7:59:58 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 19 replies
    The Sun UK ^ | 7 Oct 2019, 15:57 | Harry Pettit,
    Israeli and Russian scientists cultured the tiny piece of beef from stem cells while aboard the International Space Station, 248 miles above the Earth's surface. Cow cells were harvested back on our planet and blasted to the station where they they were grown into muscle tissue using a special 3D printer. Run by Aleph Farms, a food firm that grows cultivated beef steaks, the experiment took place on September 26 within the Russian segment of the space station. Researchers said the project was carried out to show how lab-grown meat can be cultivated in tough conditions, with minimal resources. "We...
  • She Claimed He Raped Her.Med Examination Showed No Sex. He Was Expelled And Suing Her For Defamation

    10/01/2019 10:23:24 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 44 replies
    www.dailywire.com ^ | October 1st, 2019 | By Ashe Schow
    A federal district judge has allowed a male student’s defamation lawsuit against a female student who accused him of rape to survive a motion to dismiss. The male student, whom The Daily Wire will call John Doe, was accused of raping a female student, who shall henceforth be named Jane Roe. The two students attended Syracuse University. In 2017, the two attended a party at John’s fraternity, which was co-hosted by Jane’s sorority. Surveillance footage from the night showed the two students entering John’s room around 12:30 in the morning. The two awoke in the same bed the next morning,...
  • Vikings probably hunted Iceland's walruses to extinction for ivory

    09/24/2019 12:52:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    New Scientist ^ | 16 September 2019 | Colin Barras
    Iceland was once home to a unique subspecies of walrus, but the animals had vanished by the mid-14th century, just 500 years after the arrival of Norse settlers... Researchers have known for years that walruses once lived on Iceland, but opinion has been divided on whether they vanished before or after humans arrived. To settle the debate, Morten Tange Olsen and Xénia Keighley at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark carbon dated the remains of 34 walruses found in western Iceland. Three of the walruses died after the year 874 – the date permanent settlers are thought to have reached...
  • See the face of your 100,000-year-old ancestor

    09/19/2019 10:42:50 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 95 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | By Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman September 19, 2019 20:32
    Israeli team used DNA to design first Denosivan replica Portrait of a female Denisovan teen. (photo credit: MAAYAN HAREL) ================================================================ Meet “Denise,” the first reconstructed anatomical profile of what, until now, were considered the mysterious Denisovans, a group of archaic humans. She was revealed on Thursday by researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The team who managed to recreate her profile say that long-term, their research shows possible strategies that could be taken for forensic applications. Denisovans lived in Siberia and Eastern Asia before going extinct approximately 50,000 years ago, said Hebrew University researcher Prof. Liran Carmel, who led...
  • Brutal 13th-Century death pit from Russian 'city drowned in blood'...murdered by Mongols [tr]

    09/06/2019 6:37:00 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 6, 2019 | Peter Lloyd
    A series of 'death pits' containing 300 bodies have been discovered in Russia. The grisly site, which was found in the city of Yaroslavl, northeast of Moscow, likely dates back to the Mongol invasion of Europe in 1238. During this time, Genghis Khan's grandson, Batu Khan, decimated entire communities in his brutal - and bloodthirsty - bid for power. Now, thanks to scientific advances, DNA evidence has revealed that three of the victims were related and killed together: a grandmother, a mother and a grandson.
  • Loch Ness Monster may be a giant eel, say scientists

    09/06/2019 12:38:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | September 5, 2019 | unattributed
    The creatures behind repeated sightings of the fabled Loch Ness Monster may be giant eels, according to scientists. Researchers from New Zealand have tried to catalogue all living species in the loch by extracting DNA from water samples. Following analysis, the scientists have ruled out the presence of large animals said to be behind reports of a monster. No evidence of a prehistoric marine reptile called a plesiosaur or a large fish such as a sturgeon were found. Catfish and suggestions that a wandering Greenland shark were behind the sightings were also discounted. The aim of the research was not...
  • Mystery prehistoric sea creature which looks like a crocodile and dolphin washes up on lake

    02/16/2016 7:53:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies
    www.mirror.co.uk ^ | Updated 14:27, 16 Feb 2016 | By Ruth Halkon
    Speculation: The mystery sea creature with razor sharp teeth has been confusing people ============================================================================================================= The image has divided social media with some claiming it is a large hairtail, a long, slender fish found in tropical seas, while others suggest it has been photoshopped With the body of a legless crocodile and the head of a dolphin, this strange sea creature looks more like something out of medieval myth than a real animal. It was photographed after washing ashore on the banks of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales in Australia. Ethan Tipper snapped an image of the creature before posting...
  • IS THIS NESSIE?

    07/30/2018 7:06:41 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 48 replies
    https://www.thesun.co ^ | 15th September 2016 | BRITTANY VONOW
    The moment that three monster-like humps rise out of the waters of Loch Ness has been captured on film by amateur photographer Ian Bremner - adding fuel to the fire that the monster really does exist.
  • English Couple Spot Loch Ness Phenomenon

    10/31/2006 5:23:30 PM PST · by pcottraux · 14 replies · 421+ views
    cryptomundo ^ | October 26 | Lawrence Ford
    English Couple Spot Loch Ness Phenomenon The Highland News out of Inverness is reporting that an English couple twice spotted something in Loch Ness during a visit to the area. Here’s the report in full followed by my comments. By, the way, this is the same publication that brought the August sighting of an unknown object off Dores to the attention of the world and led me to investigate. Nessie at the double By Laurence Ford Published: 26 October, 2006 A YOUNG English couple holidaying in the Highlands encountered Nessie not once, but TWICE, during their stay. But although they...
  • Is there a "gay gene"? Major new study says no; Complex mix of genetic and environmental influences

    08/30/2019 9:23:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/30/2019 | Dennis Thompson
    There's no such thing as a single "gay gene" that drives a person's sexual behavior, concludes the largest genetic study ever conducted on the issue. Instead, a person's attraction to those of the same sex is shaped by a complex mix of genetic and environmental influences, similar to what's seen in most other human traits, researchers report. "This is a natural and normal part of variation in our species," said researcher Ben Neale, director of genetics with the Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. "That should also support the position that we shouldn't...
  • Two Simple Questions Elizabeth Warren Cannot, or Will Not, Answer About Her 'Native American' Fiasco

    08/23/2019 7:29:41 AM PDT · by rktman · 25 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 8/22/2019 | guy benson
    Earlier this week, Elizabeth earned plaudits from her most devoted fans -- denizens of elite coastal newsrooms -- for apologizing to Native Americans at a forum she attended. The Massachusetts Senator acknowledged that she'd made "mistakes" and caused "harm," but failed to detail what, specifically, those harmful mistakes actually were. Her campaign also memory-holed her disastrous DNA stunt video, which had been hailed by some in the press as brilliant when it was first released, only to slide into the "problematic" column when (once again) genuine Native Americans strongly objected to the nature of her supposed "proof." Out: This dodgy...
  • Biomolecular analyses of Roopkund skeletons show Mediterranean migrants in Indian Himalaya

    08/22/2019 6:14:29 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | Tuesday, August 20, 2019 | Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History
    A large-scale study conducted by an international team of scientists has revealed that the mysterious skeletons of Roopkund Lake - once thought to have died during a single catastrophic event - belong to genetically highly distinct groups that died in multiple periods in at least two episodes separated by one thousand years... Situated at over 5000 meters above sea-level in the Himalayan Mountains of India, Roopkund Lake has long puzzled researchers due to the presence of skeletal remains from several hundred ancient humans, scattered in and around the lake's shores, earning it the nickname Skeleton Lake or Mystery Lake... Whole...
  • Neanderthals fished more frequently than previously thought, study says

    08/20/2019 9:04:53 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Daily Sabah ^ | August 15, 2019 | AFP
    New research published Wednesday revealed that abnormal bony growths in the ear canal, also called "surfer's ear" and often seen in people who take part in water sports in colder climates, occurred frequently in our ancient cousins who died out around 40,000 years ago. ...the findings may mean they fished far more frequently than the archaeological record suggests, the scientists behind the study published in journal PLOS One said. "It reinforces a number of arguments and sources of data to argue for a level of adaptability and flexibility and capability among the Neanderthals, which has been denied them by some...
  • Archaeologists to explore feasting habits of ancient builders of Stonehenge

    12/23/2009 6:29:02 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies · 408+ views
    Culture24 ^ | Monday, December 21, 2009 | Culture24 Staff
    The team who worked on the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2009 are to return to their findings to explain the eating habits of the people who built and worshipped at the stone circle over four thousand years ago... the new 'Feeding Stonehenge' project will analyse a range of materials including cattle bones and plant residue... Initial research suggests the animals were brought considerable distances to the ceremonial site.. The original Stonehenge Riverside project, which strengthened the idea that nearby Durrington Walls was part of the Stonehenge complex, yielded a surprisingly wide range of material ranging from ancient tools to animal...
  • Israel Find May Help Solve Mystery Of Biblical Philistines

    07/10/2016 10:06:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 29 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | Sunday, July 10, 2016 | Yaniv Zohar
    The Philistines left behind plenty of pottery. But part of the mystery surrounding the ancient people was that very little biological trace of them had been found -- until 2013. That's when archaeologists excavating the site of the biblical city of Ashkelon found what they say is the first Philistine cemetery ever discovered. They say they have uncovered the remains of more than 200 people there. The discovery was finally unveiled Sunday at the close of a 30-year excavation by the Leon Levy Expedition, a team of archaeologists from Harvard University, Boston College, Wheaton College in Illinois and Troy University...