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  • The Degradation of the American People

    05/27/2022 6:18:34 AM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 6 replies
    The Neo-Ciceronian Times ^ | May 27, 2022 | Theophilus Chilton
    Any student of recent history knows that there has been a noticeable decline in the…quality…of the American people over the past several decades. There are a number of theories as to why this is that exist on /ourside/ of the internet, most of which are probably at least partly true. But whether the cause(s) are hereditary, dietary, environmental, or some combination of these and other things, the effects on modern Homo Americanus can be clearly seen (though I’m given to understand that this is also the case, to one degree or another, in other first world countries as well). This...
  • Last of the giant camels and archaic humans lived together in Mongolia until 27,000 years ago

    04/22/2022 11:14:28 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies ^ | MARCH 24, 2022
    A species of giant two-humped camel, Camelus knoblochi, is known to have lived for approximately a quarter of a million years in Central Asia. A new study in Frontiers in Earth Science shows that C. knoblochi's last refuge was in Mongolia until approximately 27,000 years ago. In Mongolia, the last of the species coexisted with anatomically modern humans and maybe the extinct Neanderthals or Denisovans. While the main cause of C. knoblochi's extinction seems to have been climate change, hunting by archaic humans may also have played a role. "Here we show that the extinct camel, Camelus knoblochi, persisted in...
  • Stunning 3D image recreates real Stone Age woman

    03/18/2022 5:18:30 PM PDT · by blueplum · 66 replies
    NY Post ^ | 18 Mar 2022 | Charlotte Edwards
    A mind-blowing 3D reconstruction has revealed what a Stone Age woman looked like 4,000 years ago. It’s now on display at Västernorrlands Museum in Sweden and is based on skeletal remains that were found in 1923. The remains of the Stone Age woman were found next to the body of a seven-year-old boy who may have been her son. Scientists have reconstructed her after all this time and designed her expression as if she was watching over her child....
  • 9,000-year-old ritual complex found in Jordan desert

    02/23/2022 5:33:33 AM PST · by stockpirate · 26 replies
    France 24 News ^ | 2/23/2022 | Amman (AFP)
    "Archaeologists deep in the Jordanian desert have discovered a 9,000-year-old ritualistic complex near what is thought to be the earliest known large human-built structure worldwide." "The Stone Age shrine site, excavated last year, was used by gazelle hunters and features carved stone figures, an altar and a miniature model of a large-scale hunting trap. The giant game traps the model represents -- so-called "desert kites" -- were made of long walls that converge to corral running gazelles into enclosures or holes for slaughter. Similar structures of two or more stone walls, some several kilometres (miles) long, have been found in...
  • An ancient rock crystal jar reveals its full beauty -- but keeps some secrets

    12/18/2021 4:37:40 PM PST · by blueplum · 26 replies
    CNN ^ | 18 December 2021 | Jeevan Ravindran, CNN
    A stunning gold-wrapped jar crafted out of rock crystal has finally been uncovered in its entirety, revealing a Latin inscription that might provide new clues about its mysterious origins. Researchers at National Museums Scotland, where the Viking-Age vessel is being conserved, think the receptacle was probably used for religious purposes. And one expert believes it may have been a diplomatic gift from the Roman Empire to an Anglo-Saxon kingdom in Britain. The treasure was discovered in southwest Scotland in 2014 and is part of the Galloway Hoard....the jar's inscription states "Bishop Hygauld had me made." .....
  • Pendant from 41,500 years ago may have uncovered a 'step in evolution'

    11/27/2021 1:11:21 AM PST · by blueplum · 32 replies
    CNET ^ | 25 November 2021 | Monisha Ravisetti
    In 2010, scientists unearthed an ivory pendant from an abandoned Polish cave. Punctured with patterns reminiscent of moon cycles and mathematics, the artifact's origins eluded archaeologists -- until now. An international team of researchers just declared the relic to be 41,500 years old. That makes it the earliest piece of ornate jewelry ever found in Eurasia, and a wonderful reminder that art is timeless. Images and details of the discovery were published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports. But beyond its aesthetic value, this ancient pendant also marks the first proof of post-Neanderthal civilization in the Polish region...
  • Try, try and try again: why did modern humans take so long to settle in Europe?

    11/16/2021 7:53:41 PM PST · by blueplum · 29 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 14 November 2021 | Robin McKie
    ...Neanderthals in Europe were one of the last hominin species to succumb, dying out around 39,000 years ago. However, recent studies – outlined at a meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution earlier this year – have shown that this takeover by Homo sapiens was not straightforward. On several occasions, groups of early settlers perished as they moved into the continent... ...In one study, international researchers re-examined a partial skull and skeleton of a woman found in the Zlatý Kůň cave in the Czech Republic. Originally thought to have been 15,000 years old, this new analysis...
  • Did Vikings beat Portugal to the Azores? Researchers studying animal remains say Norse explorers stepped foot on the islands HUNDREDS of years before the Portuguese

    10/31/2021 9:14:22 PM PDT · by blueplum · 51 replies
    The Daily Mail uK ^ | 31 October 2021 | LIZZIE MAY FOR MAILONLINE
    Researchers have discovered evidence to support the idea that Vikings settled on the Azores several hundred years before the Portuguese arrived in 1427. Evidence from animal remains has led ecologist Pedro Raposeiro and his team, of the University of the Azores, to believe the Vikings were there first.... ...Evolutionary biologist Dr Jeremy Searle of Cornell University has supported the conclusions by Mr Raposeiro. He has also argued that Vikings made it to the Azores - but his work is based on the mouse as his biological source....
  • Another row over Rhodes: Ancient ancestor whose name honours Cecil Rhodes should be renamed to help decolonise science, experts say

    10/29/2021 1:39:13 AM PDT · by blueplum · 9 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 28 October 2021 | ELLIOT MULLIGAN FOR THE DAILY MAIL
    An ancient human ancestor whose name honours Cecil Rhodes should be renamed in an effort to decolonise science, experts have argued. The species homo rhodesiensis, named after Rhodesia – which in turn took the name of the British imperialist – should be called homo bodoensis, scientists say. The reclassification is partly a bid to shed colonial associations – as well bring clarity to a confusing chapter of human evolution.... ...Rhodes was an imperialist, businessman and politician who played a dominant role in southern Africa in the late 19th century, driving the annexation of vast swathes of land. The long-running Rhodes...
  • Figures of Babylon: oldest drawing of a ghost found in British Museum vault

    10/18/2021 2:50:43 AM PDT · by blueplum · 21 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 16 October 2021 | Dalya Alberge
    Its outlines are faint, only discernible at an angle, but the world’s oldest drawing of a ghost has been discovered in the darkened vaults of the British Museum. A lonely bearded spirit being led into the afterlife and eternal bliss by a lover has been identified on an ancient Babylonian clay tablet created about 3,500 years ago. It is part of an exorcist’s guide to getting rid of unwanted ghosts... ...As a world authority on cuneiform, a system of writing used in the ancient Middle East, Finkel realised that the tablet had been incorrectly deciphered previously. The drawing had been...
  • The return of the mummy! Faces of three ancient Egyptian men who lived up to 2,797 years ago are reconstructed using DNA extracted from their mummified remains

    10/01/2021 7:34:37 PM PDT · by blueplum · 32 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 28 September 2021 | SAM TONKIN FOR MAILONLINE
    The faces of three ancient Egyptian men who lived up to 2,797 years ago have been reconstructed using genetic data extracted from their mummified remains. It is the first time such a technique has been used on human DNA of that age. The trio came from Abusir el-Meleq, an ancient city on a floodplain to the south of Cairo, and are estimated to have been buried some time between 780 BC and 5 AD.... ...'This is the first time comprehensive DNA phenotyping has been performed on human DNA of this age,' Parabon said in a statement. The firm's experts found...
  • The Taliban Are Good Anthropologists

    08/20/2021 3:06:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    American ^ | August 20, 2021 | Jeffrey Clarfield
    When politicians and journalists talk about Afghanistan, most of them do not know what it really is. That is to say, they are distracted by the fact that it has had a flag, a territory, and a name, and until recently, its official representatives participated in a variety of international forums, such as the United Nations. Until last week, it even had a (semi-) democratic, elected, but remarkably corrupt government, which as a governing class supervised an equally corrupt police, judiciary, and army. All that is gone now. Why? Because the Taliban are better anthropologists than President Biden, the CIA,...
  • Scientists reconstruct Ötzi the Iceman’s frantic final climb

    07/30/2021 2:55:01 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 48 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 10/30/2019 | MEGAN GANNON
    Mountainer Reinhold Messner, right, and colleague inspect the mummified remains of Ötzi the Iceman following his discovery in 1991. The famed mummy died from an arrow to the back on a high Alpine mountain pass 5,300 years ago. Now researchers are tracing his unusual movements right before his murder.A wounded—and possibly wanted—man, Ötzi the Iceman spent his final days on the move high up in the Alps until he was felled with an arrow to the back. About 5,300 years later, archaeologists are still unraveling the mystery of his death. Now, a new analysis of mossy plant remains from the...
  • Stone Age axe dating back 1.3 million years unearthed in Morocco

    07/29/2021 7:42:14 PM PDT · by blueplum · 26 replies
    al jazerra Via Msn ^ | 28 Jul 2021 | staff
    Archaeologists in Morocco have announced the discovery of North Africa’s oldest Stone Age hand-axe manufacturing site, dating back 1.3 million years, an international team reported on Wednesday. The find pushes back by hundreds of thousands of years the start date in North Africa of the Acheulian stone tool industry associated with a key human ancestor, Homo erectus, researchers on the team told journalists in Rabat Before the find, the presence in Morocco of the Acheulian stone tool industry was thought to date back 700,000 years. New finds at the Thomas Quarry I site, first made famous in 1969 when a...
  • Archaeologists find ancient Egyptian shipwreck that sank 2,200 years ago when it was hit by falling blocks as temple of Amun was destroyed by a massive earthquake

    07/27/2021 1:16:39 AM PDT · by blueplum · 6 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 26 Jul 2021 | Chris Ciaccia
    Archaeologists have unearthed a 2,200 year-old shipwreck in the Mediterranean sea that sank after it was hit by falling blocks as the temple of Amun was destroyed in an earthquake. The wreck was discovered - along with the remains of a funerary area - underneath the ancient city of Heracleion, which fell into the water after it was destroyed by earthquakes nearly 1,200 years ago. Experts have noted that the ship, known as a fast galley, is 25 meters (82ft) long and its body was built with a flat keel, something that was common for navigating the Nile River and...
  • Neanderthal remains unearthed in Italian cave

    05/08/2021 8:24:38 PM PDT · by blueplum · 29 replies
    BBC News ^ | 08 May 2021 | staff
    Archaeologists in Italy have discovered the remains of nine Neanderthals who may have been hunted by hyenas, in a prehistoric cave south-east of Rome. The fossilized bones, which include skull fragments and broken jawbones, were found in the Guattari Cave in the coastal town San Felice Circeo.... ...Mario Rolfo, a professor of archaeology at Tor Vergata University, said most of the Neanderthals had been killed by hyenas and dragged back to their cave den as food. "Neanderthals were prey for these animals," the Guardian quoted him as saying. "Hyenas hunted them, especially the most vulnerable, like sick or elderly individuals."...
  • 'Alien' mummy DNA probe may have crossed ethical lines

    07/22/2018 10:40:19 AM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 47 replies
    Fox news ^ | July 18, 2018 | Mindy Weisberger
    The severely elongated head of a preserved skeleton found in Peru's Atacama Desert in 2003 is so unusual that it initially prompted people to suggest that the diminutive body was that of an extraterrestrial. Since then, DNA testing confirmed that the remains — which measure about 6 inches (15 centimeters) long — belonged to a human fetus that researchers named Ata. But the scientists who conducted that investigation and published their findings in March have recently come under fire for their methods. ...Their investigation, which did not include any Chilean researchers, may have sidestepped protocols that typically monitor the ethics...
  • University of Alberta professor loses admin role over views on gender that made students feel 'unsafe'

    06/09/2020 9:03:52 AM PDT · by rickmichaels · 21 replies
    National Post ^ | June 9, 2020 | Tyler Dawson
    A University of Alberta professor has lost an administrative role in the anthropology department because of complaints that her views on gender were making people feel unsafe. Kathleen Lowrey, an associate professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Arts, was also serving as the undergraduate programs chair. But, at a series of meetings held during the spring, she says she was pressured to resign from that role for what she believes are her views on gender, and when she refused to do so, she was relieved of the position. She will vacate the chair role on July 1st. The role,...
  • Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot ….

    01/29/2020 5:29:32 PM PST · by blueplum · 44 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | 29 Jan 2020 | Jonathan Chadwick
    Full title: Four ancient skulls unearthed in Mexico suggest that North America was a melting pot of different peoples and cultures 10,000 years ago The first humans to settle in North America were more diverse than previously believed, according to a new study of skeletal fragments. US scientists analysed four skulls recovered from caves in Mexico that belonged to humans that lived sometime between 9,000 to 13,000 years ago. The researchers were surprised to find a high level of diversity, with the skulls ranging in similarity to that of Europeans, Asian and ...
  • A Gene Tied To Facial Development Hints Humans Domesticated Themselves

    01/26/2020 10:50:14 PM PST · by blam · 36 replies
    Science News Magazine ^ | 1-27-2020 | Tina Hesman Saey
    Called BAZ1B, it may also help explain why domesticated animals look cuter than their wild kin Domestic animals’ cuteness and humans’ relatively flat faces may be the work of a gene that controls some important developmental cells, a study of lab-grown human cells suggests. Some scientists are touting the finding as the first real genetic evidence for two theories about domestication. One of those ideas is that humans domesticated themselves over many generations, by weeding out hotheads in favor of the friendly and cooperative (SN: 7/6/17). As people supposedly selected among themselves for tameness traits, other genetic changes occurred that...