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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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Dawn of farming sparked speed-evolution in weeds

Posted on 19 Nov 2014 in Archaeology, Featured, Journalism

It didn’t take long. Just a few thousand years after humans began to domesticate crops, a wide variety of weeds had adapted to exploit the new farmlands – with some species seeming to have evolved, like crops, to be completely dependent on cultivated land. Image: Arthur Chapman

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Teen growth spurt left Richard III with crooked spine

Posted on 30 May 2014 in Archaeology, Featured, Journalism

Shakespeare famously labelled King Richard III a hunchback, but a new analysis of Richard’s skeleton suggests England’s last Plantagenet king had a different spinal deformity – one with a cause that continues to elude modern medicine. Image copyright: University of Leicester

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Neanderthals may have been our intellectual equals

Posted on 30 Apr 2014 in Archaeology, Evolution, Human Origins, Journalism

Enough of the cheap jibes: Neanderthals may have been just as clever as modern humans. A review of the archaeological record finds no evidence that our cousins were any less innovative than we are. Image: erix!

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Earliest Buddhist shrine found at Buddha’s birthplace

Posted on 25 Nov 2013 in Archaeology, Featured, Journalism

Beneath a temple thought to mark the location of the Buddha’s birth, archaeologists may have discovered the literal roots of the religion: an ancient tree shrine that predates all known Buddhist sites by at least 300 years. Image: CroDigTap

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