First ‘Americans’ likely arrived 26,000 years ago — 10,000 years earlier than scientists thought

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KUNMING, China — Humans may have arrived in the Americas up to 26,000 years ago, about 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, according to new research. Scientists have discovered evidence of Ice Age migrations from the coast of northern China. “The Asian ancestry of Native Americans is more complicated than previously indicated,” says first author …

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Scientists ‘revive’ Stone Age molecules still covering Neanderthal teeth


BERLIN, Germany — Microbes up to 100,000 years-old have been identified in the dental plaque of Neanderthals and prehistoric humans, opening a window into the distant past and providing new opportunities for drug discovery. An international team of researchers successfully revived the ancient bacteria’s natural products from the calcified remains, focusing on reconstructing genomes encased …

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Blinking fish sheds light on how our ancestors conquered land

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A blinking fish has revealed how our aquatic ancestors first ventured onto land approximately 375 million years ago. These ancestors evolved into tetrapods, which include today’s amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. The mystery of their survival in terrestrial environments has puzzled scientists for decades. A recent study found that the key …

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Have great posture? Thank this 21-million-year-old ape for it!

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Our upright posture dates back to an ape that lived in Africa 21 million years ago, a new study reveals. A straight torso enabled Morotopithecus to develop a nutritious diet that included leaves from tall trees. Researchers from the University of Michigan say the ancient primate’s remains provide new insights into …

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‘Jurassic Park’ wrong? T. rex had big lips that covered its fierce teeth

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PORTSMOUTH, United Kingdom — The mighty Tyrannosaurus rex had humongous lips that covered its sharp, jagged teeth, a new dinosaur study reveals. According to an international team, the depictions of the T. rex in films like “Jurassic Park” that make it look extremely fierce are actually wrong. The study finds predatory dinosaurs had scaly, lizard-like …

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The world’s first horse riders saddled up 5,000 years ago, ancient bones reveal

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HELSINKI, Finland — The world’s first horse riders saddled up 5,000 years ago, a new study reveals. Researchers in Finland say equestrianism originated in a remote area of the Western Eurasian steppe. The evidence comes from remains in burial mounds called kurgans. The human skeletons displayed “evidence of horsemanship.” They belonged to primitive sheep farmers …

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