New Simulation Shows How The Pacific Islands May Have Been Colonized

The 24 major island groups of the Pacific Ocean were settled by early Austronesians between 3,500 and 900 years ago, but little is known about how these isolated islands were colonized. Now, researchers have used epidemiological modeling to devise some compelling new ideas about how it was done.
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New Fossil Dating Technique Casts Doubt On Human Origins

A new dating technique has revised the estimated age of Little Foot from 2.2 million to 3.6 million years ago. That’s significant because it places the rare Australopithecus fossil within the same evolutionary timeframe as Lucy, a hominid from a separate species. Meaning humans may not be related to Lucy after all. » 4/02/15 7:40am 4/02/15 7:40am

Discovery Of 8,000-Year-Old Wheat Could Rewrite Ancient British History

A DNA analysis of wheat found in an ancient peat bog suggests early Britons were more commercially sophisticated than previously thought. The presence of wheat on the British Isles a full 2,000 years before farmers began cultivating cereal grains means these hunter-gatherers may have established important trade… » 2/27/15 1:20pm 2/27/15 1:20pm

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… » 2/19/15 2:30pm 2/19/15 2:30pm

A Team of Archeologists May Have Found the Body of Cervantes

Earlier this week, experts announced that they may have found the remains of Don Quixote writer Miguel de Cervantes in crypt in Madrid. The fragments of a coffin with initials "M.C." were found under the chapel of a cloistered convent, and now forensic work will determine if one of the bodies found was actually… » 1/29/15 1:30am 1/29/15 1:30am