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Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans, and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land, and cultures

Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans, and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land, and cultures

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 

Scientists ‘rebuilt’ dinosaur’s brain and made some surprising discoveries

Scientists ‘rebuilt’ dinosaur’s brain and made some surprising discoveries

Scientists have digitally rebuilt the brain of a dinosaur, revealing “surprising” insights into its diet and behavior. Using advanced imaging and 3D modeling techniques, researchers from the UK’s University of Bristol “rebuilt” the brain of a Thecodontosaurus, a sauropod that roamed what is now England 

Great pyramid relic discovered in a Scottish cigar box

Great pyramid relic discovered in a Scottish cigar box

Late last year, curatorial assistant Abeer Eladany was reviewing items in the University of Aberdeen’s museum collections, when she came across an item that didn’t seem to belong. Ms. Eladany, who is originally from Egypt and had spent a decade working at the Egyptian Museum 

Climate Change Helped Drive Homo sapiens’ Cousins Extinct: Study

Climate Change Helped Drive Homo sapiens’ Cousins Extinct: Study

Sharp drops in global temperatures helped seal the fate of three extinct hominin species, including our close relatives, the Neanderthals, according to thousands of archaeological specimens and a model of past climate conditions. The branch on the tree of life that is the genus Homo 

Ancient python species found in what used to be an ancient lake

Ancient python species found in what used to be an ancient lake

The remains of a python that lived 48 million years ago have been unearthed in what used to be an ancient lake in Germany. Researchers believe the fossils are the world’s oldest pythons on record. The fossils were found “completely preserved” in Messel Pit, a 

Ancient wolf cub found ‘perfectly preserved’ in Canadian permafrost

Ancient wolf cub found ‘perfectly preserved’ in Canadian permafrost

A perfectly preserved wolf puppy, hidden away in permafrost for 57,000 years and described by researchers as “the oldest, most complete wolf”, has been discovered in Yukon, Canada. The creature, named Zhùr by the local Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation people, was discovered in the Klondike 

Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity

Sequences of African Genomes Highlights Long-Overlooked Diversity

An analysis of more than 400 human genomes from residents of 13 African countries presented at this week’s annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics greatly expands our species’ cataloged genetic diversity. Human genome sequences from 50 ethnolinguistic groups across more than a 

New Genome Sequences Reveal Undescribed African Migration

New Genome Sequences Reveal Undescribed African Migration

An analysis of the genomes of people from 50 ethnolinguistic groups in Africa spots 62 genes under positive selection and 3 million more genetic variants than previously documented. lack of ethnic diversity in global genome databases has long been a source of discussion in the