Humans news stories

Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease
28th September 2018 arstechnica.com | Ancient, Humans

Comparison with modern strains offers glimpses of the pathogen’s evolutionary history.

Ancient Egyptian ‘Magic Spell’ Deciphered
26th September 2018 | livescience.com | Ancient, Humans

An ancient Egyptian papyrus with an image showing two bird-like creatures, possibly with a penis connecting them, has been deciphered, revealing a magic spell of love.

PALEOLITHIC WOMEN LIKELY KNEW A LOT MORE ABOUT LOVING THEIR BODIES THAN WE DO
26th September 2018 qz.com | Ancient, Humans

There is something comforting and joyous about prehistoric figurines depicting women, particularly the small, curvy ones, so welcoming in the abundance of their forms.

Addiction genes inserted into humans’ ‘dark DNA’ by ancient viruses, study finds
26th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans, Weird

Human genome ‘littered’ with viral DNA but problem drug users three times more likely to carry genetic fragments in regions which control reward centres and addictive behaviour.

A Magnificent Roman Cemetery That Dates Back 2,000 Years Has Been Discovered In Lincolnshire, England
26th September 2018 | inquisitr.com | Ancient, Humans

Sixty graves, ancient pottery and a villa have been excavated at this ancient Roman cemetery in Lincolnshire.

Humanity is on ‘the highway to digital dictatorship’, says Yuval Noah Harari
26th September 2018 | noted.co.nz | Humans, Tech

The author of worldwide bestsellers Sapiens and Homo Deus says our free will is at stake. We talk to Yuval Noah Harari about his new book 21 Lessons for the 21st Century.

BREAKING A SACRED TRUST: ON THE EXPLOITATION OF TRADITIONAL NATIVE KNOWLEDGE
24th September 2018 psmag.com | Ancient, Humans

Native Americans are wary of disclosing traditional knowledge, because doing so risks opening a door to exploitation that can undermine tribal values, harm their resources, or fail to provide benefits in return.

The North American Indian by Edward S Curtis – in pictures
24th September 2018 | theguardian.com | Ancient, Humans

One of the earliest complete versions of Curtis’s early 20th-century work will be offered for auction in its original binding in New York on 18 October, with an estimate of $1m-$1.5m.

Aboriginal people lived in Australia’s desert interior 50,000 years ago, earlier than first thought
24th September 2018 theconversation.com | Ancient, Humans

A significant find shows that these early desert peoples were technological innovators; this tool is at least 15,000 years older than other known Australian examples.

Monotheism Is Seen as Judaism’s Gift to the World. But Has It Really Brought Peace and Harmony?
24th September 2018 | haaretz.com | Ancient, Humans

Monotheism is widely considered more moral and rational than polytheism. But a controversy in Germany is raising the question whether the belief in one God actually leads to fanaticism and violence.

Neanderthal Brains: Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
24th September 2018 blogs.discovermagazine.com | Ancient, Humans

We can confidently say fossil Neanderthals and modern humans from the same time period had similar brain sizes.

Where to find remains of ancient cultures in the Midwest
24th September 2018 | startribune.com | Ancient, Humans

Colorado’s Mesa Verde National Park may be America’s best-known place to visit ancient ruins, but sites of ancient villages can be found throughout the Midwest, often near the continent’s great waterways and trade routes. Here are some worth exploring.

‘Treating protest as terrorism’: US plans crackdown on Keystone XL activists
24th September 2018 | theguardian.com | Humans

Documents suggest an aggressive response to possible protests against the oil pipeline amid fears of another Standing Rock.

Africa’s three biggest elephant poaching cartels exposed using DNA from illegal ivory shipments
24th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Animal Life, Humans

Evidence from genetic analysis of tusks in major shipments will help link individual criminals to wider networks and bring them to justice.

Denisovan hybrid cave yields four more hominin bones
24th September 2018 | nature.com | Ancient, Humans, Tech
The ancient human remains were found using a method that can scan thousands of bones relatively quickly. “Anything’s possible,” says Higham, who is a scientific advisor on the FINDER project. “Nothing surprises me in this field anymore.”
Egyptian archaeologists find ancient sphinx while draining water from pharaoh’s temple
20th September 2018 | independent.co.uk | Ancient, Humans

Officials in the country say they believe the sandstone piece – which stands 38cm tall and 28cm wide – probably dates back more than 2,000 years to between 305BC and 30BC.

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