Anthropology

Maya Blue Ancient Pigment Mystery Solved

Anthropologists from Wheaton College (Illinois) and The Field Museum have discovered how the ancient Maya produced an unusual and widely studied blue pigment that was used in offerings, pottery, murals and other contexts across Mesoamerica from about A.D. ...

Article - News Staff - Feb 26 2008 - 8:09pm

The History Of Ancient Medicine (Abstract)

From Gods To Avicenna Originating as divine and supernatural, Greek medicine changed and moved toward analysis and logical thinking during the period 800 B.C. to 460 C.E. Thales (636-546 B.C.), philosopher and scientist, undertakes examination about the l ...

Article - Camillo Di Cicco - Jan 29 2012 - 11:45am

Were There Hobbits In Palau?

Since the reporting of the so-called “hobbit” fossil from the island of Flores in Indonesia, debate has raged as to whether these remains are of modern humans (Homo sapiens), reduced, for some reason, in stature, or whether they represent a new species, Ho ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 10 2008 - 2:43pm

Pivotal Point In Society- Domestication Of The Donkey

An international group of researchers has found evidence for the earliest transport use of the donkey and the early phases of donkey domestication, suggesting the process of domestication may have been slower and less linear than previously thought. Based ...

Article - News Staff - Mar 11 2008 - 12:14pm

Fossilized Feces Says First Americans Weren't African Or European- And Came Earlier Than Previously Believed

A team of researchers led by Danish professor Eske Willerslev shows that the ancestors of the North American Indians who came from Asia were the first people in America, and that they were of neither European nor African descent. It also shows that immigra ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 3 2008 - 2:59pm

The Myth Of Order

Complex issues demand complex decision-making and not forced simplification, asserts Lasse Gerrits in his dissertation 'The Gentle Art of Coevolution', and the temptation to make important decisions understandable by simplifying them will eventua ...

Article - News Staff - Apr 12 2008 - 10:08am

In Praise Of Consumerism- Bees, Bacteria And The Value Of Wasted Time

As you read In Praise Of Consumerism- It Appeals To The Thoreau In You you may have wondered if I hated poor Henry David Thoreau. Not at all. He inspired me at the young and impressionable age of sixteen and has powered my engines ever since. There's ...

Article - Howard Bloom - May 28 2008 - 10:49am

Mitochondrial Eve And Humanity's 100,000 Year Genetic Divide

The human race was divided into two separate groups within Africa for as much as half of its existence, says a Tel Aviv University mathematician. Climate change, reduction in populations and harsh conditions may have caused and maintained the separation. D ...

Article - News Staff - May 15 2008 - 9:41pm

Did El Niño Screw Magellan Too?

Ferdinand Magellan set out from Spain in 1519 with hopes of claiming the wealth of the Spice Islands, or Moluccas, for the Spanish. Two years later the explorer claimed the first European contact with a Pacific island culture when he landed on Guam – 1,500 ...

Article - News Staff - May 15 2008 - 11:37pm

Population Migration Theory Gets Overturned In Indonesia

When it comes to the original migration to the Islands of Southeast Asia (ISEA- namely, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysian Borneo), the prevailing theory has been the "out of Taiwan" model- a Neolithic expansion from Taiwan driven by rice a ...

Article - News Staff - May 24 2008 - 1:09pm