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Psilocybin Isn’t the Only Compound in Magic Mushrooms—Here’s What Else There Is
2nd March 2021 doubleblindmag.com | Humans, Misc.

With a growing body of research showing psilocybin as an effective mental health treatment, many journalists reporting on these studies have dubbed the lab-made psilocybin capsules used in scientific research as “synthetic magic mushrooms.” However, does such a simplification ignore the range of potentially psychoactive compounds found in these mushrooms, most of which we currently know little about?

Human origins: ‘Little Foot’ fossil’s big journey out of Africa
2nd March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

A priceless fossil was briefly brought to a UK research centre in complete secrecy two years ago, in an operation that had more than a touch of the spy novel about it.

Bahamas were settled earlier than believed, settlers dramatically changed landscape
2nd March 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Humans were present in Florida by 14,000 years ago, and until recently, it was believed the Bahamas—located only a few miles away—were not colonized until about 1,000 years ago

In a Momentous Discovery, Scientists Show Neanderthals Could Produce Human-Like Speech
2nd March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

Our Neanderthal cousins had the capacity to both hear and produce the speech sounds of modern humans, a new study has found.

Neanderthal and early modern human stone tool culture co-existed for over 100,000 years
2nd March 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Research from the University of Kent’s School of Anthropology and Conservation has discovered that one of the earliest stone tool cultures, known as the Acheulean, likely persisted for tens of thousands of years longer than previously thought.

Image from: José-Manuel Benito Álvarez (Wiki Commons)

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ suggest one mutation might have rewired the human mind
1st March 2021 sciencex.com | Ancient, Humans

How we humans became what we are today is a question that scientists have been trying to answer for a long time. How did we evolve such advanced cognitive abilities, giving rise to complex language, poetry and rocket science?

Archaeologists find unique ceremonial vehicle near Pompeii
1st March 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Well-preserved iron, bronze and tin carriage discovery is ‘without precedent in Italy’.

Recreated Particles of Titan’s Haze Could Help Us Understand How Life Began on Earth
1st March 2021 | sciencealert.com | Humans, Space

Beyond Earth, the general scientific consensus is that the best place to search for evidence of extraterrestrial life is Mars. However, it is by no means the only place.

UK meteor spotted above Midsomer Norton and Bath
1st March 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Humans, Space

Video footage captured on security cameras shows a meteor lighting up the sky above Midsomer Norton and Bath.

Image from: Night sky near Flagstaff (Wiki Commons)

Prisons should trial free cannabis, says UK’s former chief drug adviser
1st March 2021 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

Prof David Nutt supports study into whether move could cut violence and deaths

Ancient Egyptian manual reveals new details about mummification
27th February 2021 | eurekalert.org | Ancient, Humans

Based on a manual recently discovered in a 3,500-year-old medical papyrus, University of Copenhagen Egyptologist Sofie Schiødt has been able to help reconstruct the embalming process used to prepare ancient Egyptians for the afterlife. It is the oldest surviving manual on mummification yet discovered.

Answer to fossil record puzzle may lie with teenage T rexes, study finds
27th February 2021 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life

Teenage T rexes and other carnivorous dinosaurs the size of lions or bears may have crowded out smaller species, explaining why there are so few of them preserved in the fossil record, research suggests.

We Finally Know The True Age of These Huge, Mysterious Jars Scattered in Laos
27th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Humans

These surreal cauldron-like megaliths in Laos are known as the Plain of Jars, an archaeological relics whose original purpose is still shrouded in mystery, their significance long forgotten.

Researchers solve puzzle of water-to-land transition of vertebrates
27th February 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth

The water-to-land transition is a leap in the history of vertebrate evolution and one of the most important scientific issues in vertebrate evolution. Previous studies have shown that vertebrate landing occurred in bony fishes.

An Urgent Plea to Users of Psychedelics: Let’s Consider a More Ethical Menu of Plants and Compounds
27th February 2021 tim.blog | Humans, Misc.

Psychedelics have saved my life several times over, including helping me to heal from childhood abuse. So, it’s with a very heavy heart that I’ve come to accept several sad truths.

A 4.4 million-year-old skeleton could reveal how early humans began to walk upright
25th February 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Thomas Cody Prang, assistant professor of anthropology, and colleagues examined the skeletal remains of Ardipithecus ramidus (“Ardi”), dated to 4.4 million years old and found in Ethiopia. One of Ardi’s hands was exceptionally well-preserved.

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