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Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils (Update)
As part of the crew digging a subway extension under the streets of Los Angeles, Ashley Leger always keeps her safety gear close by. phys.org/news/2017-12-subwa...
Why the idea that the English have a common Anglo-Saxon origin is a myth
The idea that there is a common Anglo-Saxon ancestry based on biology is gaining currency among some right-wing and religious groups in the UK and US. phys.org/news/2017-12-idea-...
Fossil orphans reunited with their parents after half a billion years
Everyone wants to be with their family for Christmas, but spare a thought for a group of orphan fossils that have been separated from their parents since the dawn of animal evolution, over half a billion years ago. phys.org/news/2017-12-fossi...
Nuclear technology unlocks 50-million-year-old time capsules
A scientific analysis of fossilised tree resin has caused a rethink of Australia's prehistoric ecosystem, and could pave the way to recovering more preserved palaeobiological artefacts from the time of dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals. phys.org/news/2017-12-nucle...
Egypt archaeologists discover mummy in Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a mummy in one of two previously unexplored tombs across the Nile from the southern city of Luxor, the antiquities ministry said Saturday. phys.org/news/2017-12-egypt...
Archaeologists uncover burial sites, statue in Egypt's Aswan
Egypt's Antiquities Ministry says archaeologists have uncovered four intact burial sites, part of a cemetery and an incomplete statue in different areas in the southern city of Aswan. phys.org/news/2017-12-archa...
Oldest cases of breast cancer and myeloma revealed in scans of mummies
An international team, including researchers from the UGR's anthropology group led by Prof. Miguel Cecilio Botella López of the Department of Legal Medicine, Toxicology and Physical Anthropology, has discovered the world's oldest known cases of breast cancer and multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. The discoveries were made by conducting CT scans of two mummies found in the pharaonic necropolis of Qubbet el-Hawa in Aswan, Egypt. phys.org/news/2017-12-oldes...
Ancient feces reveal parasites described in earliest Greek medical texts
Ancient faeces from prehistoric burials on the Greek island of Kea have provided the first archaeological evidence for the parasitic worms described 2,500 years ago in the writings of Hippocrates - the most influential works of classical medicine. phys.org/news/2017-12-ancie...
The locomotion of hominins in the Pleistocene was just as efficient as that of current humans
In an article published recently in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, researchers from the Paleophysiology and Ecology Group of the Centro Nacional de Investigación sobre la Evolución Humana (CENIEH) analyzed the influence of body proportions on the cost of locomotion by means of an experimental energetic study with 46 subjects of both sexes, whose results indicate that the walk of Pleistocene hominins was no less efficient energetically than that of current humans. phys.org/news/2017-12-locom...
It's all in the ears: Inner ears of extinct sea monsters mirror those of today's animals
A new study led by Oxford University Museum of Natural History has revealed that an extinct group of marine reptiles called sauropterygians evolved similar inner ear proportions to those of some modern day aquatic reptiles and mammals. The research is published in Current Biology today. phys.org/news/2017-12-ears-...