History of the Champagne vineyards revealed

IMAGE: Pressing residues from the Place de la Libération site, Troyes (Aube). The plant remains have been preserved in water because they came from the base of a well. Grape seeds,… view more  Credit: Véronique ZECH-MATTERNE/AASPE Although the reputation of Champagne is well established, the history of Champagne wines and vineyards is poorly documented. However, a […]

Ancient proteins help track early milk drinking in Africa

IMAGE: Cattle grazing in Entesekara in Kenya near the Tanzanian border view more  Credit: A. Janzen Tracking milk drinking in the ancient past is not straightforward. For decades, archaeologists have tried to reconstruct the practice by various indirect methods. They have looked at ancient rock art to identify scenes of animals being milked and at animal […]

Ancient indigenous New Mexican community knew how to sustainably coexist with wildfire

IMAGE: Christopher Roos, professor of anthropology at SMU (Southern Methodist University) view more  Credit: Christopher Roos DALLAS (SMU) – Wildfires are the enemy when they threaten homes in California and elsewhere. But a new study led by SMU suggests that people living in fire-prone places can learn to manage fire as an ally to prevent dangerous […]

Understanding origins of Arizona’s Sunset Crater eruption of 1,000 years ago

IMAGE: Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient Puebloan fortunes and all nearby life. Today, ASU School of Earth… view more  Credit: U.S. Geological Survey Around 1085 AD, along the southern rim of Northern Arizona’s elevated Colorado Plateau, a volcano erupted, forever changing ancient […]

The ‘crazy beast’ that lived among the dinosaurs

Adalatherium is an important piece in a very large puzzle on early mammalian evolution in the southern hemisphere, one in which most of the other pieces are still missing New research published today in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology describes a bizarre 66 million-year-old mammal that provides profound new insights into the evolutionary history of […]

CU Anschutz researcher offers new theory on `Venus’ figurines

AURORA, Colo. (Dec. 1, 2020) – One of world’s earliest examples of art, the enigmatic `Venus’ figurines carved some 30,000 years ago, have intrigued and puzzled scientists for nearly two centuries. Now a researcher from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus believes he’s gathered enough evidence to solve the mystery behind these curious totems. […]

Denisovan DNA found in sediments of Baishiya Karst Cave on Tibetan Plateau

IMAGE: Baishiya Karst Cave view more  Credit: HAN Yuanyuan One year after the publication of research on the Xiahe mandible, the first Denisovan fossil found outside of Denisova Cave, the same research team has now reported their findings of Denisovan DNA from sediments of the Baishiya Karst Cave (BKC) on the Tibetan Plateau where the Xiahe […]

When good governments go bad

IMAGE: The ruins of the Roman Forum, once a site of a representational government. view more  Credit: (c) Linda Nicholas, Field Museum All good things must come to an end. Whether societies are ruled by ruthless dictators or more well-meaning representatives, they fall apart in time, with different degrees of severity. In a new paper, anthropologists […]