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Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia
It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals
More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered
New species of extinct marsupial lion discovered in Australia
Separated since the dinosaurs, bamboo-eating lemurs, pandas share common gut microbes
New approach measures early human butchering practices
Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?


Revising the story of the dispersal of modern humans across Eurasia



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:17 AM PST


Most people are now familiar with the traditional 'Out of Africa' model: modern humans evolved in Africa and then dispersed across Asia and reached Australia in a single wave about 60,000 years ago. However, technological advances in DNA analysis and other fossil identification techniques, as well as an emphasis on multidisciplinary research, are revising this story. Recent discoveries show that humans left Africa multiple times prior to 60,000 years ago, and that they interbred with other hominins in many locations across Eurasia.


It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 11:16 AM PST


A new study has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals.


More than 1,000 ancient sealings discovered



Posted: 07 Dec 2017 07:25 AM PST


Classical scholars have discovered a large number of sealings in southeast Turkey. More than 1,000 sealings give new insights into the Greco-Roman pantheon. The finds were in a late antique building complex point to a hitherto unknown church.


New species of extinct marsupial lion discovered in Australia



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 04:37 PM PST


A team of Australian scientists has discovered a new species of marsupial lion which has been extinct for at least 19 million years. The findings are based on fossilized remains of the animal's skull, teeth, and humerus (upper arm bone) found in the Riversleigh World Heritage Area of remote northwestern Queensland.


Separated since the dinosaurs, bamboo-eating lemurs, pandas share common gut microbes



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 09:24 AM PST


A new study finds that bamboo lemurs, giant pandas and red pandas share 48 gut microbes in common -- despite the fact that they are separated by millions of years of evolution.


New approach measures early human butchering practices



Posted: 06 Dec 2017 06:05 AM PST


Researchers have found that statistical methods and 3-D imaging can be used to accurately measure animal bone cut marks made by prehistoric human butchery, and to help answer pressing questions about human evolution.


Could ancient bones suggest Santa was real?



Posted: 05 Dec 2017 05:30 PM PST


Was St Nicholas, the fourth century saint who inspired the iconography of Santa Claus, a legend or was he a real person? New research has revealed that bones long venerated as relics of the saint, do in fact date from the right historical period.
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