Anthropology

Man's Mastery Of Fire 500,000 Years Earlier Than Believed

The ability to make fire millennia ago was likely a key factor in the migration of prehistoric hominids from Africa into Eurasia, a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology believes on the basis of findings at the Ge ...

Article - News Staff - Oct 27 2008 - 8:30pm

Lost Architecture Of The Shakers Goes Digital- And A Shaker 'Online' Community Is Coming

A 19th-century historian traveling in southern Ohio later wrote about his first glimpse of Union Village, a Shaker community located near Harrison, Ohio: "When I caught sight of the first house, my opinion was confirmed that I was on the lands of the ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 6 2008 - 11:59am

Women: Moved In With A Boyfriend More Than Once? Marriage Chances Are Slim

A new study in the Journal of Marriage and Family found that serial cohabiters are less likely than single-instance cohabiting unions to result in marriage and, if serial cohabiters do marry, divorce rates are very high. Daniel T. Lichter of Cornell Univer ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 6 2008 - 2:29pm

Hadropithecus- Rare Extinct Lemur Skeleton Gets Assembled After 100 Years

Scientists in Madagascar, at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Vienna Natural History Museum and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst now have a nearly complete skeleton of a rare species of extinct lemur to study thanks to a ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 15 2008 - 12:46pm

4,600 Year Old Burial Site Contains Oldest 'Nuclear Family'

Researchers dated remains from four multiple burials discovered in Germany in 2005 and found that the 4,600-year-old graves contained groups of adults and children buried facing each other – an unusual practice in Neolithic culture.  One of the graves was ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 17 2008 - 5:45pm

Souls And Stones- Death Rites Of The Iron Age

Archaeologists in southeastern Turkey have discovered an Iron Age chiseled stone slab that provides the first written evidence in the region that people believed the soul was separate from the body.  University of Chicago researchers will describe the disc ...

Article - News Staff - Nov 18 2008 - 5:03pm

Sunday Science Book Club, December 14 2008

The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey, Spencer Wells Random House, 2002 Spencer Wells, in his short, accessible book designed to accompany a similarly titled documentary film, describes the deep history of humans as it has been inscribed in Y chromosomes. ...

Article - Michael White - Feb 20 2009 - 3:07pm

Ancient African Exodus 60,000 Years Ago Mostly Men

Even 60,000 years ago men had the wanderlust more than women.   Or they left families behind until they knew what they would find. For one reason or another, the modern humans left Africa in a migration that many believe was responsible for nearly all of t ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 21 2008 - 6:38pm

Climate Change Or Competition? The Neanderthal Extinction Debate Goes On

In a recently conducted study, a multidisciplinary French-American research team reported that Neanderthal extinction was principally a result of competition with Cro-Magnon populations, rather than the consequences of climate change.  ...

Article - News Staff - Dec 29 2008 - 3:54pm

Dual Genetic Origin For First Americans, Says Study

The first people to arrive in America traveled as at least two separate groups to arrive in their new home at about the same time, according to new genetic evidence published Current Biology. ...

Article - News Staff - Jan 9 2009 - 12:56am