Sediments downstream from Rome reveal health risks of empire’s plumbing
Researchers have harnessed the chemical degradation of fossil DNA to determine methylation patterns that may reveal which genes were turned on, or off, in ancient human species.
This week, archaeologists from around the world will gather in the ancient city of Erbil to discuss its long history and the suddenly promising future for archaeological research in surrounding Iraqi Kurdistan.
Genetic analysis suggests that modern Europeans—but not Asians—inherited fat-processing genes from our extinct relatives
The genome sequence of an ancient modern human man from Siberia helps show when early Homo sapiens and Neandertals interbred.
Dating of a mysterious South African skeleton might upend ideas on where our species first evolved
Study suggests Europeans became paler much more recently than thought
A flurry of studies suggests that instead of being simply a bridge from Asia to the Americas, Beringia may have beckoned the ancestors of the first Americans to linger.
Long thought to be a European “bog body,” the woman met a violent end in South America
A child who lived nearly 13,000 years ago in what is today Montana was closely related to the ancestors of today's Native Americans.
Genome of 12,700-year-old infant ties native peoples across the Americas to early hunting culture
Famed fossils are of animals killed by a cloud of hot volcanic ash
Ancient mixed couples gave us key genes but were partially genetically incompatible, two new studies suggest
Humans may have had less to do with the demise of mammoths and other giant mammals than previously thought
Analysis of 8000-year-old European hunter-gatherer suggests cultivation of crops and livestock dramatically reshaped our DNA
Do bacteria in the guts of African hunter-gatherers hold the key to a healthier life? An American anthropologist plans to find out.
High-tech mapping technique reveals three 19th century towns
Statistical model predicts signs of agriculture in the rainforest
Studies offer new insight into the great monument's ritual purpose and meaning.
The great stone monuments of prehistoric Britain, including Stonehenge, were born in a wave of innovation that apparently began on a remote Scottish island.
Researchers offer new explanation for origin and meaning of massive monuments
Newly revealed geologic records show that the 2004 tsunami could repeat this century
DNA shows that early hominins mixed it up with their neighbors, but many Neandertal individuals still were inbred
Unusual counting system among Mangareva people is first example developed outside Eurasia
First evidence of felines protecting crops unearthed in ancient Chinese village
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