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Early evidence of use of a bit on domestic donkeys found in the Near East
A shipwreck and an 800-year-old 'made in China' label reveal lost history
Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands


Early evidence of use of a bit on domestic donkeys found in the Near East



Posted: 16 May 2018 11:46 AM PDT


Donkeys may have worn bits as early as the third millennium BCE, long before the introduction of horses in the ancient Near East, according to a study published May 16, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Haskel Greenfield from University of Manitoba, Canada, Aren Maeir from Bar-Ilan University, and colleagues.


A shipwreck and an 800-year-old 'made in China' label reveal lost history



Posted: 16 May 2018 07:14 AM PDT


Nearly a thousand years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea near Indonesia. Cargo recovered from the ocean floor -- including the equivalent to a 'Made in China' label on a piece of pottery -- is helping archaeologists reevaluate when the ship went down and how it fits in with China's history.


Worm-eating mice reveal how evolution works on islands



Posted: 16 May 2018 05:56 AM PDT


When animals are isolated on islands, they can evolve into strange new species found nowhere else on Earth. But what's the cut-off -- how small can an island be and still support the evolution of multiple new species from a single common ancestor? A family of worm-eating mice from a tiny island in the Philippines have set a new lower limit for island size and evolution.
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