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Human Populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago

New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years.

25 Feb 2020 Nature Communications

Lava flows tell 600-year story of biodiversity loss on tropical island

The researchers found that before permanent human settlements, forests were dominated by large fleshy-fruited plant species, usually big trees.

25 Feb 2020 Journal of Ecology

Ancient plant foods discovered in Arnhem Land

A team of archaeologists and Traditional Owners identified 10 plant foods, including several types of fruits and nuts, underground storage organs (‘roots and tubers’), and palm stem.

20 Feb 2020 Nature Communications

Fish in the Sahara? Yes, in the early Holocene

Animal remains at the Takarkori rock shelter suggest human occupants shifted to a more mammal-heavy diet over time, as aridity of the region increased.

19 Feb 2020 PLOS ONE

Ancient gut microbiomes shed light on human evolution

A new study on the microbiomes of our ancestors offers hypotheses about the influence of microbes on our early social and daily lives.

19 Feb 2020 Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution

Discovery at ‘flower burial’ site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death rites

Researchers say the new find offers an unparalleled opportunity to investigate the "mortuary practices" of this lost species using the latest technologies.

18 Feb 2020 Antiquity

Researchers were not right about left brains

Brain imprints on cranial bones from great apes and humans refute the long-held notion that the human pattern of brain asymmetry is unique.

14 Feb 2020 Science Advances

‘Ghost’ of mysterious hominin found in West African genomes

Recovering signals of ghost archaic introgression in African populations.

12 Feb 2020 Science Advances

Himalayan glacier shows evidence of start of Industrial Revolution

Human activity contaminated glacier long before people arrived, study shows.

10 Feb 2020 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

What puts women off bearded men?

Single women who wanted to have children preferred clean-shaven faces, whereas married women’s preferences were not linked to their desire for children.

9 Feb 2020 Royal Society Open Science

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