Tag Archives: Anthropology

There’s a new twist in the tale of tribal tobacco

Tobacco plays a big role in Native American history and culture, predating Christopher Columbus’ arrival by well more than a millennium. But what did ancient tribes smoke? And can history help modern-day tribes put tobacco in its proper place? A newly published … Continue reading

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Crowdsourcing saves digital artifacts in Brazil

One of the greatest tragedies in the museum world transpired over the weekend when fire broke out at Brazil’s Museu Nacional do Rio de Janeiro, touching off a mad scramble to save physical and virtual treasures. Many of the 200-year-old natural history … Continue reading

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Did Homo naledi co-exist with our species?

The paleontologists who discovered a previously unknown line of human ancestors in South Africa say that they’ve found more fossils — and that the species, known as Homo naledi, could have lived alongside our own species 250,000 years ago. The newly … Continue reading

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9,000-year-old Ancient One laid to rest

After more than 20 years, one of anthropology’s most contentious cases was closed over the weekend with the reburial of the 9,000-year-old remains of Kennewick Man, now better known as the Ancient One. More than 200 people, including members of five … Continue reading

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How evolution played a role in autism genes

One of the biggest genetic differences between humans and other members of the primate family tree, including Neanderthals, predisposes people to a type of autism. The stretch of DNA appears to be an important piece of the human genome, but why? … Continue reading

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It’s official: ‘Ancient One’ was Native American

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has just ruled that an 8,500-year-old set of skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man or the Ancient One belonged to a Native American tribe, based on DNA tests that came out nearly a year ago. … Continue reading

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Iceman mummy suffered tummy troubles

An analysis of the stomach contents from a 5,300-year-old European mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman has turned up a double surprise, scientists say. First, the researchers found DNA traces of a nasty strain of bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, which is linked to … Continue reading

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