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1st bioengineered hybrid animals discovered — in ancient Mesopotamia
17th January 2022 | livescience.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Mesopotamians were using hybrids of domesticated donkeys and wild asses to pull their war wagons 4,500 years ago — at least 500 years before horses were bred for the purpose, a new study reveals

Trail of African bling reveals 50,000-year-old social network
17th January 2022 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

Scientists have uncovered the world’s oldest social network, a web of connections that flourished 50,000 years ago and stretched for thousands of miles across Africa.

Archaeologists discover ancient highways in Arabia
17th January 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

Archeologists from The University of Western Australia have discovered people who lived in north-west Arabia in the Early to Middle Bronze Age built ‘funerary avenues’—long-distance corridors linking oases and pastures, bordered by thousands of elaborate burial monuments.

Could cannabis help fight Covid? New study reveals two chemicals that may block infection
14th January 2022 | independent.co.uk | Humans, Misc.

A non-psychoactive compound found in live cannabis plants could help sabotage the spike protein on coronaviruses, scientists have found.

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Early Homo Sapiens Found in Ethiopia Is Older Than Had Been Thought
14th January 2022 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans

New analysis based on ash from volcanic cataclysm dates an early human found at Omo, Ethiopia, to 233,000 years, supporting the ‘early evolution’ theory for Homo sapiens

Psychedelic-laced beer may have helped this ancient South American empire rule
14th January 2022 edition.cnn.com | Ancient, Humans

Beer laced with hallucinogenic drugs derived from plant seeds may have helped leaders of a South American culture maintain their political control for hundreds of years, according to new research.

Clovis hunters’ reputation as mammoth killers takes a hit
11th January 2022 | sciencenews.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

Tests of stone points show that early Americans may have been better scavengers than hunters of the giant beasts.

Research on magnetite in salmon noses illuminates understanding of sensory mechanisms enabling magnetic perception
11th January 2022 phys.org | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

It’s widely understood that animals such as salmon, butterflies and birds have an innate magnetic sense, allowing them to use the Earth’s magnetic field for navigation to places such as feeding and breeding grounds.

Rare African script offers clues to the evolution of writing
11th January 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Humans

The world’s very first invention of writing took place over 5000 years ago in the Middle East, before it was reinvented in China and Central America. Today, almost all human activities—from education to political systems and computer code—rely on this technology.

Medieval warhorses no bigger than modern-day ponies, study finds
11th January 2022 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Animal Life, Humans

In films and literature, they are usually depicted as hulking, foot-stomping, snorting beasts but a new study has claimed that the medieval warhorse was typically a much slighter, daintier animal.

Rare ‘bionic’ armor discovered in 2,500-year-old China burial
11th January 2022 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

About 2,500 years ago, a man in northwest China was buried with armor made of more than 5,000 leather scales, a military garment fashioned so intricately, its design looks like the overlapping scales of a fish, a new study finds

PSILOCYBIN AND MDMA APPROVED FOR MEDICINAL USE IN CANADA
11th January 2022 mixmag.net | Humans, Misc.

Canada has amended federal regulations now allowing patients suffering from life-threatening mental illnesses to be treated with MDMA and psychedelic drug psilocybin.

Goldfish who can drive: why scientists taught fish to navigate a watery tank on wheels
10th January 2022 | theguardian.com | Animal Life, Humans

It might be an imaginary character straight out of a Dr Seuss book: The goldfish who could drive. But it’s real.

Ichthyosaur: Huge fossilised ‘sea dragon’ found in Rutland reservoir
10th January 2022 | bbc.co.uk | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

“I rang up the county council and I said I think I’ve found a dinosaur,” explained Joe Davis, who works at Rutland Water Nature Reserve.

Sadiq Khan plans pilot to ‘decriminalise’ minor cannabis offences in London
6th January 2022 | theguardian.com | Humans, Misc.

Scheme could ‘divert young people found with small amount of cannabis’ away from arrest by police.

Digging deep: DNA molecules in ancient dirt offer a treasure trove of clues to our past
6th January 2022 phys.org | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Tech

Archaeological deposits typically consist of a mix of artifacts and the remains of plants and animals—including the occasional human fossil—all held in a matrix of dirt. But these days, we dig for a lot more besides fossils and artifacts.

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