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February 25, 2015

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6:26 PM | European Soccer Fans Must Take The Lead In The Fight Against Racism
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4:36 PM | Using the Dead to Interpret Daily Life in Bronze Age Spain
I am fascinated by the diversity of ways that humans have approached death and dying throughout our history as a species. Since you’re reading this, I’ll assume you are interested […]

López-Costas, O., Müldner, G. & Martínez Cortizas, A. (2015). Diet and lifestyle in Bronze Age Northwest Spain: the collective burial of Cova do Santo, Journal of Archaeological Science, 55 209-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2015.01.009

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12:23 PM | Why Develop a Rapport?
In my last post, I mentioned being able to develop a rapport with the New Xade community. What does that mean? What does it look like? And why is it so important? Imagine someone – a foreigner speaking a foreign language no less – shows up at your home with a giant camera and says…

February 24, 2015

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9:11 PM | Poison power: From Cleopatra to Cyclops
Cleopatra's suicide from the bite of an asp, as depicted in an early 19th-century drama. (Image via Folger Shakespeare Library.)Why did Cleopatra choose to be bitten by a poisonous snake when she had access to any number of plant poisons to commit suicide?In the video below, Emory ethnobotanist Cassandra Quave explains how the Egyptian queen experimented before picking her poison. She also describes how the myth of Cyclops may have originated from the effects of a medicinal herb.Poison has […]
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7:15 PM | Corn entered Southwest U.S. first along highland route, DNA shows
A new DNA study of ancient corn kernels and cobs from archaeological sites across North America has settled a long debate as to exactly where […] The post Corn entered Southwest U.S. first along highland route, DNA shows appeared first on Smithsonian Science.

February 23, 2015

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6:39 PM | Out of Africa: Did humans migrate in phases based on weather?
Considerable debate surrounds the migration of human populations out of Africa. Two predominant hypotheses concerning the timing contrast in their emphasis on the role of the Arabian interior and its changing climate. In one scenario, human populations expanded rapidly from Africa to southern Asia via the coastlines of Arabia approx. 50,000 to 60,000 years ago. … Continue reading →
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6:11 PM | Sexual Division of Labor Among Neanderthals
Neanderthals divided some of their tasks according to their sex. A new study analyzed 99 teeth of 19 individuals from three different sites (El Sidron, in Asturias – Spain, L’Hortus in France, and Spy in Belgium), reveals that the dental grooves in the female fossils follow the same pattern, different to that found in male … Continue reading →
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3:20 PM | The Remains Of A Stone Age Couple Found In A Spooning Embrace
Archaeologists working at the Alepotrypa Cave in Greece have discovered a rare 5,800-year-old double burial in which two well-preserved skeletons were found in what appears to be the spooning position. Read more...

February 21, 2015

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2:16 PM | Ancient Human Settlements Grew Same Way as Modern Cities Do, Scientists Say
A new study published in the journal Science Advances strengthens the view that human settlements of all times and places function in the same way by manifesting strongly interacting social networks, thus magnifying rates of social interaction and increasing the productivity and scope of material resources, human labor, and knowledge. Previous studies have shown that [...]
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11:51 AM | Talal Asad – The Idea of Islam Today: Towards Non-Orientalist Genealogies
The Arts and Humanities Initiative (AHI) at the American University of Beirut held an international symposium in honor of Talal Asad "The Idea of Islam Today: Towards Non-Orientalist Genealogies," September 25-26, 2014

February 20, 2015

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8:57 PM | Manx: How a Unique Island Got Its Voice Back
Celebrate the successful revival of the Isle of Man's ancient tongue as UNESCO marks International Mother Language Day.
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4:08 PM | Vikings Were Craftsmen Too
The connections between technology, urban trading, and international economics which have come to define modern living are nothing new. Back in the first millennium AD, the Vikings were expert at exploring these very issues. read more
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3:14 PM | Out Of Africa Due To Weather: Did Climate Change Cause Early Human Migration?
Why did the first human populations migrate out of Africa? It is the biggest debate in anthropology but no one can be sure of the answer. When it happened can at least be an informed debate and two hypotheses dominate the cultural landscape - but they both involve a common denominator that might shed light on why.One popular belief is that human populations expanded rapidly from Africa to southern Asia via the coastlines of Arabia 50,000 or 60,000 years ago while another is that dispersal into […]

February 19, 2015

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10:30 PM | This Is What The Paleo Diet Was Really Like
Reconstructions of human evolution are prone to simple, overly-tidy scenarios. Our ancestors, for example, stood on two legs to look over tall grass, or began to speak because, well, they finally had something to say. Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has also been over-simplified.Read more...
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3:30 PM | National Anthropology Day
Categories: ScienceTags: anthropologyNational Anthropology DayThe American Anthropological Assocation has declared February 19 to be National Anthropology Day. From the AAA’s announcement: The American Anthropological Association is celebrating anthropology and anthropologists across the world through ...(Read more...)

February 18, 2015

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10:13 PM | Using Ancient DNA to Uncover the Hidden History of Patagonia
How far will Genographic Project scientists go to help reveal where we came from? Geographically-speaking the answer may be Puerto Williams, the southern tip of Chile.
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10:13 PM | Using Ancient DNA to Uncover the Hidden History of Patagonia
How far will Genographic Project scientists go to help reveal where we came from? Geographically-speaking the answer may be Puerto Williams, the southern tip of Chile.

February 17, 2015

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:26 PM | Shopping while hungry leads to more non-food purchases
Ever go shopping when you’re hungry and notice you walked out with a lot more than you were expecting to buy? While most people know that when you are hungry, you typically will buy more food (as illustrated by The Oatmeal above), new research shows that there is a clear link between hunger and buying […]

Alison Jing Xu, Norbert Schwarz & Robert S. Wyer, Jr (2015). Hunger promotes acquisition of nonfood objects, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Other:

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7:09 PM | Real Paleo Diet: Anything Early Hominids Could Find
Early hominids didn’t have a lot of time to whip up coconut flour pancakes. Credit: United ArtistsReconstructions of human evolution are prone to simple, overly-tidy scenarios. Our ancestors, for example, stood on two legs to look over tall grass, or began to speak because, well, they finally had something to say. Like much of our understanding of early hominid behavior, the imagined diet of our ancestors has also been over-simplified. read more
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6:56 PM | Profile: Brian Richmond Dr. Brian Richmond is a curator in the...
Profile: Brian Richmond Dr. Brian Richmond is a curator in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. As a biological anthropologist, he approaches the study of humans from a biological perspective, using fossil evidence to learn about human origins and the evolution of the human body. His discovery of the fossilized footprints of our human ancestors has propelled biomechanical studies of the ancient human foot, and informed our ideas of our ancestors’ […]
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