During her research in Belize, Amy Moran-Thomas noted that some with diabetes, when talking of the diabetes epidemic, would invoke Hurricane Hattie (which ravaged their country in 1961) as a metaphor for slow health changes that can suddenly erupt into a full-blown crisis. “In many ways,” she says, “the chronic […]

The Pacific Ocean’s currents support a diverse ecosystem, seen here from space with green indicating blooms of photosynthesizing plankton. Warmer currents during the ice age may also have supported early human settlements. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and GeoEye, Scientific Visualization Studio New research reveals significant changes […]

A skeleton of an island fox. Credit: University of Missouri University of Missouri researcher adds to timeline of human evolution by studying an island fox. Nearly two decades ago, a small-bodied “human-like” fossil, Homo floresiensis,was discovered on an island in Indonesia. Some scientists have credited the find, now nicknamed “Hobbit,” as […]

Credit: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Investigators say humanity’s oldest sculptures may be linked to climate change, diet. 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 […]

Two researchers from Trinity College Dublin are among a four-strong team of principal investigators spearheading a new €10.4 million project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) to assess the importance of marine life to human societies during the last two millennia, with a focus on understanding the consequences of […]

Illustration of female hunter depicting hunters who may have appeared in the Andes 9,000 years ago. Credit: Matthew Verdolivo, UC Davis IET Academic Technology Services For centuries, historians and scientists mostly agreed that when early human groups sought food, men hunted and women gathered. However, a 9,000-year-old female hunter burial […]

Study shows our species is still evolving and changes in natural selection could be the major reason. Humans haven’t developed genetic mutations for telepathy or superpowers just yet, but a new study shows our species is still evolving in unique ways and changes in the natural selection could be the […]

Aerial view showing the Southern Storage Complex (SSC), the Northern Storage Complex (NSC; blue dashed box) and the trench (red dashed lines). Credit: Eric Cline/GW Flourishing Canaanite palatial site suddenly abandoned 3,700 years ago; new evidence points to earthquake as probable culprit. A team of Israeli and American researchers funded […]

The proximity of hot springs to early settlements have led researchers to wonder if early humans used hot springs as a cooking resource long before fire. Credit: Tom Björklund Scientists have found evidence of hot springs near sites where ancient hominids settled, long before the control of fire. Some of […]

New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia documents hundreds of stone structures interpreted as monumental sites where early pastoralists carried out rituals. Image shows character of these structures as two platforms connected by low walls, note researchers at far end for scale. Credit: Huw Groucutt New archaeological research in Saudi Arabia […]