UC Davis anthropologist David Katz measured specific points on hundreds of human skull bones (top) to create a wire frame model of the skull and jaw (bottom). Blue dashes indicate changes in skull shape from foragers to dairy farmers. Credit: David Katz and Tim Weaver, UC Davis The advent of farming, especially dairy products, had

Father loss is clearly associated with cellular function as estimated by telomere length: any father loss between birth and 9 years of age leads to a reduction in telomere length, and the effect is greatest for children whose fathers die, about 16 percent shorter. Credit: © sezer66 / Fotolia The absence of a father —

Lipo and a team of researchers analyzed human, faunal and botanical remains from the archaeological sites Anakena and Ahu Tepeu on Rapa Nui, dating from c. 1400 AD to the historic period, and modern reference material. Credit: Jonathan Cohen, Binghamton University Photographer Analysis of remains found on Rapa Nui, Chile (Easter Island) provides evidence contrary

Want to create a long-lasting memory? Form an association with other memories. Credit: © Alexandr Vasilyev / Fotolia Memories that stick with us for a lifetime are those that fit in with a lot of other things we remember — but have a slightly weird twist. It’s this notion of ‘peculiarity’ that can help us

These are teeth from Megan Brickley’s lab at McMaster University. Credit: McMaster University The story of humanity’s vital — and fragile — relationship with the sun has been locked inside our teeth for hundreds of thousands of years. A new method is starting to tease out answers to major questions of evolution and migration, using

The Corythosaurus skull, collected in 1920 by George Sternberg, is in the University of Alberta’s Paleontology Museum. Credit: Katherine Bramble After being headless for almost a century, a dinosaur skeleton that had become a tourist attraction in Dinosaur Provincial Park was finally reconnected to its head. Researchers at the University of Alberta have matched the

New research suggests that modern Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the conclusion of the last ice age but, apparently, from a population that arrived later, concurrently with the introduction of agriculture. Credit: iStockphoto/Jean Assell. Today’s Scandinavians are not descended from the people who came to Scandinavia at the

The Aroeira 3 cranium.Credit: Javier Trueba. A large international research team, directed by the Portuguese archaeologist João Zilhão and including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam, has found the oldest fossil human cranium in Portugal, marking an important contribution to knowledge of human evolution during the middle Pleistocene in Europe and to the origin of the

Virtual reconstructions of the Xuchang 1 and 2 human crania are superimposed on the archeological site where they were discovered.Credit: Xiujie Wu Two partial archaic human skulls, from the Lingjing site, Xuchang, central China, provide a new window into the biology and populations patterns of the immediate predecessors of modern humans in eastern Eurasia. Securely

Image Credit: Flickr/Erich Ferdinand Deep in the caves of Goyet in Belgium researchers have found the grisly evidence that the Neanderthals did not just feast on horses or reindeer, but also on each other. Human bones from a newborn, a child and four adults or teenagers who lived around 40,000 years ago show clear signs

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