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Soft tissue fossil clues could help search for ancient life on Earth and other planets

Archaeology / Science Daily - 17 February 2018

Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. New research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and finding more exceptional fossils. The work could potentially support the Mars Rover Curiosity in its sample analysis, and speed up the search for traces of life on other planets.

Ancient trail of Columbian mammoths uncovered in south-central Oregon

Archaeology / eurekalert - 17 February 2018

University of Oregon-led research team uncovers numerous footprints of adult, juvenile and infant elephants in a remote dry lake basin

Neanderthals' lack of drawing ability may relate to hunting techniques

Anthropology / Science Daily - 17 February 2018

Visual imagery used in drawing regulates arm movements in manner similar to how hunters visualize the arc of a spear.

Face of first Brit revealed: Blue eyes, dark hair and skin

Anthropology / Science Daily - 12 February 2018

Researchers have revealed the face of 'Cheddar Man', Britain's oldest nearly complete skeleton at 10,000 years old, with unprecedented accuracy. The results indicate that Cheddar Man had blue eyes, dark colored curly hair and 'dark to black' skin pigmentation.

Language previously unknown to linguists discovered in Southeast Asia

Anthropology / Science Daily - 12 February 2018

A language previously unknown to linguists -- dubbed Jedek -- has been found in the Malay Peninsula, researchers from Sweden report. The community in which Jedek is spoken is more gender-equal than Western societies, there is almost no interpersonal violence, they consciously encourage their children not to compete, and there are no laws or courts, according to the researchers.

New light on the mysterious origin of Bornean elephants

Biology / Science Daily - 12 February 2018

How did Borneo get its elephant? This could be just another of Rudyard Kipling's just so stories. The Bornean elephant is a subspecies of Asian Elephants that only exist in a small region of Borneo. Their presence on this southeastern Asian island has been a mystery. Scientists have discovered that elephants might have arrived on Borneo at a time of the last land bridge between the Sunda Islands in Southeast Asia.

Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes

Anthropology / Science Daily - 12 February 2018

Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists.

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