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How humanity first killed the dodo, then lost it as well

Posted on 9 Apr 2016 in Archaeology, Evolution, Featured, Journalism, Palaeontology

Many people think they know what happened to the dodo – but the popular story of its extinction is actually littered with errors. It’s symptomatic of the shameful way the iconic bird has been treated since its extinction. Arguably, we have lost the dodo twice more since then. Image: L. Claessens

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Has ritual human sacrifice shaped societies and class systems?

Posted on 4 Apr 2016 in Archaeology, Featured, Journalism

Are modern societies built on bloody foundations? Ritual human sacrifice seems to be key to the emergence of inherited class systems: powerful members of society carried out these killings to control, terrorise and impress the lower ranks. Image: Ilhuicamina

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How our ancestors drilled and filled rotten teeth

Posted on 29 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Featured, Health, Journalism

Long before humans invented writing, the wheel and civilisation, they learned how to drill rotten teeth to relieve the pain of tooth decay. Image: Claudio Tuniz

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Mystery invaders conquered Europe at the end of last ice age

Posted on 4 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Human Origins, Journalism

Europe went through a major population upheaval about 14,500 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, according to DNA from the bones of hunter-gatherers. Image: Martin Frouz

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Asian stone tools hint humans left Africa earlier than thought

Posted on 2 Feb 2016 in Archaeology, Human Origins, Journalism, Uncategorized

The first early humans to leave Africa did so half a million years earlier than we thought, according to an analysis of simple stone tools and three cow bones with cut marks found in Asia. But not everyone is convinced yet. Image: Cea.

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Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived

Posted on 29 Oct 2015 in Archaeology, Featured, Human Origins, Journalism

The diminutive human hobbits of Flores had a basement. And early signs hint at the tantalising possibility of more Homo floresiensis bones in this newly discovered chamber. Image: Bryn Pinzgauer

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